Just a week and a half ago, I got the privilege of going with Pastor Elias and West Side Church to deliver Christmas presents (Same style as Operation Christmas Child) to the kids of the Mixtec community living in Othello. Above is a picture of pastor Elias preaching the Gospel with a Mixtec translator to all the families who came out.
I brought the language diagnostic tool and got to speak with several people about their heritage. Each person reported that they speak Mixtec, Alacatlatzala, that this whole community in Othello speaks it, and that everyone is from the same general area. After doing some more research on this language, I found several interesting things:
- The people group that speak this language has been somewhat “engaged” with the gospel but is not “reached”. (According to the Joshua Project around 1.5% are evangelical Christians.)
- There are thought to be ~33,000 speakers (per Joshua Project)
- There are seven dialects of this language with different types of textual and audio resources available. I do not yet know which specific variations are spoken there in Othello.
- This is an example what it generally sounds like: (from GRN)
- There are multiple audio resources available. They have the:
- It turns out that the Alacatlatzala Mixtecs are from an area not far from where the church plants I visited with Northern Light Ministries last year where our dear friends are still working. Here is an interactive map of where they come from in relation to the NLM Church plants that we visited last year. From Chapultepec, it’s only about 70 miles away (as the crow flies).
Thank you all for praying and please continue with us in prayer for these people. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.