The Western District Welcomes You!

Thank you for visiting the Western District Foreign Mission's Department blog. Our intent is to provide you, the pastors, ministers, and saints of the Western District and the United Pentecostal Church International as well as our friends who would like to visit a place to be informed of events happening in our district and to share their thoughts concerning missions with us. We appreciate you taking the time to look over our site, to read the different posts, and last but not least to share your thoughts.


Missionaries traveling in our district:

May 2012

~Dwane Abernathy - Belize, Central America
~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine

June 2012

~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine, Middle East
~Jason Long - Nicaragua, Central America

July 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~John Hemus - United Kingdom, Europe

August 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~Cynthia White - Jordan, Middle East


**Steve and Danita Drost - Mexico

Steve and Danita Drost

Region(s): Central America/Caribbean

Field(s): Mexico

Bio: Born to T. Wynn and Wanda Drost in Madrid, Spain, Steve Drost grew up on foreign fields and thrived on missions. It was only fitting that he should fall in love with and marry another MK (missionary kid), Danita Hanscom, the eldest daughter of Ron and Joy Hanscom, former missionaries to Pakistan. Shortly after their marriage, Steve Drost returned to Mexico with his new wife to serve as associates in missions. Upon their arrival, he began pastoring a church in Mexico City. Later he became the national youth director, a district secretary, and a Bible school teacher. She is the district women’s secretary. Steve and Danita Drost received their missionary appointment in October 1995.


United Mexican States/Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Area Coordinator: Steven W. Drost


Population: 108300000

Area: 756, 062 sq. mi.

Capital: Mexico City

Languages: Spanish

Religions: Roman Catholic

Mexico is the United States’ neighbor to the south and is noted for its Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, and Toltec, Indian empires. The Spanish conquistadors under Hernan Cort├ęs conquered the Aztecs in 1519-21. The Mexicans revolted against Spain in 1810 and finally won their independence in 1821. Mexico is a federal republic, about one-fourth the size of continental U.S. Mexico has been a fertile field for the UPCI. The late Johnny Willhoite opened Mexico as a UPCI mission field in June 1979. According to the 2008 Annual Field Report, the UPC of Mexico has 78,789 constituents, 637 ministers, and 721 churches and preaching points.

Churches and Missions: 750

Pastors and Ministers: 550

Constituency: over 78,200

The UPC of Mexico now has Churches in every state in Mexico.

There are six Bible Schools in the whole country of Mexico.

2007 statistics: 3630 baptized, and 4194 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

In the last 5 years there have been 17,896 baptized and 19,246 received the Holy Spirit.