Zoque, Francisco Leon in Mexico

Zoque, Francisco Leon
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People Name: Zoque, Francisco Leon
Country: Mexico
10/40 Window: No
Population: 31,000
World Population: 31,000
Primary Language: Zoque, Francisco Leon
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 94.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mixe
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
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Introduction / History

The Zoque people in Mexico are identified by the Zoque language. They have subgroups, one of which is the Francisco Leonin. Historically, Zoque society was conquered by the Aztecs, then by the Spanish. Spanish control of territories resulted in abusive labor environments, imported foreign diseases, and the “Christianizing” of local culture. In 1922, the Zoque were given ejidos, or community lands, by the Mexican government.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, Francisco Leonin Zoque culture is fading into the larger Mexican heritage. Some still practice traditional ways, such as farming with digging stick and hoe. Staples of Francisco Leonin Zoque diet include chiles, corn, beans and squash. Animals, such as pigs, are bred in addition. Artisan crafts of weaving and pottery are still in practice. Some Zoque have found occupations in city construction.

What Are Their Beliefs?

While Christianity is the dominant religion, it has been syncretized with traditional spiritual beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Francisco Leonin Zoque people need accessible medical clinics in their villages.

Prayer Points

Ask God to protect this people group from false doctrine.
Pray that faith would come by hearing the word of God, and for the transformation of minds and hearts.
Ask that the Zoque would follow Jesus, make and be faithful disciples, fellowship in unity, and hold fast to Biblical truth.
Pray there would come a day when the Francisco Leonin Zoque will send workers to the unreached peoples in Oaxaca.

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