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 [...]

Family Trip to Oaxaca

On February 16-29 our family took a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Our trip was partly a survey trip in preparation for our move to Oaxaca later this year and partly a ministry trip to help To Every Tribe missionaries conduct a medical clinic. God blessed, and the trip went very well.

Rather than writing a report of our trip we thought we’d tell our story in pictures.  Click on the following photos to see our pictures from the trip.

Our Road Trip

Note: The young lady in the pictures with us is Ariana Lopez. Ariana is from a fishing [...]

Travelblog: November Mission Trip to Oaxaca

Note: Because of security concerns and the searchability of the internet, complete names and locations are avoided in this report.

On November 8, eleven members of the To Every Tribe staff and CPCP student body left Los Fresnos, TX for a two-week trip to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca (pronounced wuh-hah-kuh).  We were accompanied by a dentist, a nurse, and one To Every Tribe missionary who was heading to Oaxaca to join his church planting team there.  The purpose of our trip was to conduct four days of medical and dental clinics in the northwestern Oaxaca village of E.J.  [...]

Travelblog: Trip to Oaxaca

“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 (1795-1883), the Scottish pioneer missionary to Africa.  It was this statement by Moffat that inspired David Livingston, who married Moffat’s oldest daughter, to give his life to missions.

I thought of Moffat’s famous quote several times this last week as my friend and co-worker, Chris B* and I traveled to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. (Note: Because of the searchability of the internet and security concerns for our church planting [...]

Trip to Huatulco, Oaxaca

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Lord willing, I’ll be leaving tomorrow to head down to the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca.  I plan to spend next week in the coastal town of Huatulco (pronounced “wa-TUL-co”) where I’ll be attending and observing a training course for Mexican national pastors.  Also while in Oaxaca I’ll be visiting a couple of areas where To Every Tribe plans to send future church planting teams.  I also hope to spend some time with a Christian family who has hosted To Every Tribe mission teams in the past.

I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.  [...]

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