Mexico: Bernal Rafael Charpentier
Word of LifeMexico was started in 1983. Mexico is a country with more than 127 million inhabitants, which makes it the country with the largest number of Spanish speakers in the world. It also has a very young population; more than 70% are under 25 years of age. For these reasons – and because for many years the only Spanish-speaking Bible Institute was in Argentina – missionaries dreamed of opening a campus in Mexico. The Bible Institute is located on the Word of Life Mexico property, a 50-acre site in the town of Bernal. Its location is strategic because it is in the center of the country in the State of Querétaro, just three hours away from Mexico City, which is one of the largest capitals in the world. Facilities include a dining room with seating for up to 600, an auditorium with a capacity of 1,000 people, classrooms, apartments for married students, cabins to accommodate all our students, and sports areas. The current director of the Mexico Bible Institute is Rafael Charpentier.
Despite the pandemic, the Mexico Bible Institute has grown, and now has 30% more students than last year. Current students hail from 13 countries: USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Bolivia, and Argentina. In 2018, the Bible Institute in Mexico became an accredited Word of Life teaching site, with two types of academic programs: an on-site program and an online program. Alumni of the Bible Institute in Mexico are being used by God in incredible ways in different ministries and countries around the world.
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