Chalcatongo, Oaxaca

I got back from Oaxaca two weeks ago.  Since then, I’ve been pouring over photos, praying, and considering how to communicate what we experienced.  I got to see first hand how desperately these areas need the Gospel and how lacking these parts are in Christian workers.  Standing on top of a mountain, one of the pastors who we visited pointed out the 18 different towns and people groups who live in the region of Chalcatongo.  If I remember correctly, he said that only three of those towns have any formal meetings as a Christian church. He also said that he has never heard of any Christian presence whatsoever in two of those 18 towns.  We must be asking God to send more workers into these fields and in doing so we all must willingly, simultaneously pray: here am I, send me.

We spent the first week in Milta and the second week in the region of Chalcatongo, which is much poorer and more rural. It didn’t take long to notice the physical poverty and suffering experienced every day by the majority of the people in Chalcatongo.  If you were to sit on a street corner and watch those walking by, you would observe many serious, downcast, and fear-filled faces.  You would see many needy, malnourished people who work all day, everyday, and many old widows trying to sell their garden vegetables to scrape by. After only a few hours of being in Chalcatongo, the spiritual darkness also became very obvious to all of us who had never been there before.  At just about every street and home, there are idols and items used for witchcraft.  After hearing from the local pastors, I deducted that out of the ten thousand or so people in this region there are maybe about 50 Christians total.  We also learned that each town has their own god that they worship and give sacrifices to. Everything they do is done under fearful superstitions of what could happen if they displease this god. By not joining in with the local superstitions, the Christians can be blamed for just about anything that goes wrong.

Despite all this, God is actively working in this area. Although they are very few, there are more and more people coming to faith in Christ.  God has protected our dear Christian brothers and sisters there and put His love in their hearts for the lost around them.  They are passionate, mature, constant people of God who testify to everyone there about who God is and what he has done for them.  Please join us in praying for them and the lost in that area.

Milta, Oaxaca

Dear family and friends,

Last Sunday, bright and early in the morning, myself (Josh) and a group of several missionaries and pastors arrived here in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Since then, we’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with a few of the local missionaries and we’ve dived into a whole bunch of work.

Right now I don’t have much time to access the internet so I’ll try to fill in the details of the work down here in another post, but for now I’d like to just share some photos.

Thank you all for praying…we’ve have all been very healthy, safe, and blessed through all the travel and work here so far.