Smoke from a Thousand Villages (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part article. See part 1 here.

The Challenge of Reaching Indigenous Oaxaca

The fragmentation and isolation of Oaxaca’s indigenous population creates significant barriers to the spread of the Gospel. But besides these barriers, there are many other factors that make the task of church planting here extremely difficult.

The most obvious is the difficulty of the indigenous languages. Learning the indigenous language—the “heart language”—of the people we’re trying to reach is vital to accurately communicating the gospel to them.  This is especially true since the isolated, unreached villages that we target almost exclusively use [...]

Smoke from a Thousand Villages (Part 1)

Note: The following is an article I wrote last year for To Every Tribe’s EKBALLO magazine.

“I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages— villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in this world.”

So wrote Robert Moffat, the 19th century Scottish pioneer missionary to Africa.  It was this reflection by Moffat that inspired David Livingston, who married Moffat’s oldest daughter, to give his life to missions.

I often think of Moffat’s words when I travel through the mountains of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.  Oaxaca, Mexico’s most indigenous state, is home to [...]


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