As the Spanish-speaking population grows, so does the need and opportunity for the El Centro Network to make an impact both in the U.S. and throughout Latin America.
- Currently, there are over 41 million people native Spanish speakers in the U.S., as well as another 11 million that are bilingual
- The Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. is second only to Mexico’s 121 million Spanish speakers
- By 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the U.S. Spanish-speaking community will reach 138 million, becoming the largest Spanish-speaking community in the world
Like the U.S. population as a whole, the Spanish-speakers are also affected by the increased skepticism of Christianity and the Bible, along with a new moral code of relativism. This skepticism is evidenced by a lack of engagement in the Bible. According to the Barna Group and the Center for Bible Engagement, U.S. Spanish-speaking Evangelicals only read the Bible once a week.
This increased skepticism of Christianity and the Bible will continue to rise. In fact, the same study that suggests that Christians will be in the minority in the United States by the year 2040.