A group of 20 Mexican Grace Brethren church leaders gathered at the end of 2009 to discuss the needs of the Grace Brethren churches in Mexico. From this gathering, the Agencia Misionera Mexicana (Mexican Mission Agency) was formed to respond to various needs of Mexican churches, such as the lack of unified resources, the financial concerns of workers on the field, and the need to train additional missionaries.
The goal of the Mexican Mission Agency is to mobilize Mexican Grace Brethren churches to respond to the Great Commission through praying, giving and sending missionaries. The agency, a GBC entity, allows Mexican churches to pool together resources and visions for greater strength. There are currently 22 Mexican missionaries (10 couples and two single men) sent out by Mexican churches and supported by the Mexican Mission Agency.
Steve Bailey, GBIM Regional Director for Latin America, said that countries which once received missionaries are now sending missionaries. The formation of the Mexican Mission Agency shows the growth of Mexican churches in fulfilling the Great Commission.
In response to recent earthquakes in Haiti, the Mexican Mission Agency organized a day of prayer and offering for their brothers and sisters in Haiti. In early February, Edgar Cruz, General Coordinator of the Mexico Mission Agency, informed GBIM of a generous offering raised by the Mexican churches to assist GBIM partners in Haiti who are providing emergency food and medical care. This offering is an example of the unifying efforts of the Mexican Mission Agency.