People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Mestizo, South American of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 8,575,000

ROP3 Code: 109438
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 5,804,000

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 4,317,000

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 2,105,000

  Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA - 2,062,000

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 1,971,000

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Brief Profile

Mestizos are people from the countries of the Americas who are of combined European and Native American ancestry. During the colonial period in Latin America, Spanish settlers had relations with native indigenous groups, and Mestizos quickly became the majority group. When colonies started achieving independence from Spain, Mestizos often became not only the dominant population, but also the overriding political force. In some Latin American countries, such as Mexico, the concept of the "mestizo" became central to the formation of an entirely new independent identity that was neither wholly Spanish nor wholly indigenous, and the word mestizo acquired its current double meaning of mixed cultural heritage and descent.

Large numbers of Mestizos have immigrated to the United States from a wide variety of Latin American countries. As such, they tend to be Spanish or Portuguese speaking. Like many Latin Americans, Mestizos tend to self-identify as Roman Catholic, although the Catholicism tends to be strongly culturally based and may be mixed with native religious forms that harken back to their animistic indigenous roots.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Mestizo believers to boldly proclaim the gospel to their people.
  • Pray for Mestizo believers to catch a vision for reaching out to the less reached indigenous peoples among them.
  • Pray that the barriers of traditional Cultural Catholicism to be broken down.
  • Pray for more workers for the harvest, both for the Mestizo in the United States, as well as in their home countries.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Spanish
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish

Displaying 1-5 of 5 results.
Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA5,804,000
United StatesNew YorkNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY4,317,000
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX2,105,000
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA2,062,000
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL1,971,000

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