Oaxaca, The Church & An Adventure
|I returned yesterday from a nine day trip to Mexico. While there I was priveledged to sit with, learn from, and hear the hopes and concerns of pastors and leaders in some of the cities where we are serving including Guadalajara, Queretaro, and Oaxaca. One of the main issues facing the protestant church today in Mexico is a lack of facilities. Recently I posted a series of pictures showing some of the churches we work with in Oaxaca. I'd like to add another. This building is on the land that is owned by a small baptist church in San Baltizar Guelevia. It is pastored by Americo and his wife Norma.|
This area is located about an hour outside of the capital of the state, Oaxaca City. Almost all of the people living there are from the Zapotec people group. In addition to the facilities issue, there is a challenge with language. You can hear an excellent report on this issue from NPR. It details the struggles that missionaries like Rebecca Long face in translating the Bible into the culture and dialect of a small Zapotecan village much like San Baltizar Guelevia.
September 9 - 16 of this year, Adventures in Life Ministry will be sponsoring a trip into this village. It is for men only and our goal will be to put up a small church on the lot that now has the adobe buildings pictured above. We hope to be able to get it all done in one week.
These two little boys, Daniel and Saul, are my newest friends in San Baltizar and live right next door to where the church will be. If you, your men's group, or your church would like to get involved, please get in touch with me. I would love to have your help in being part of making sure Daniel, Saul and their families have a chance to hear God's Good News in their own native heart language.
The dates of this Adventure have been changed to February 17 - 24, 2007.
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