Since the early 1980′s, thousands have come to Christ through the outreach evangelistic ministry at the Mission, “El Alcance de Dios.”
Fifteen years after the orphanage was established at Colonia Vicente Guerrero, the local production of vegetables for export to the U.S. was started. U.S. and Mexican corporations went to Oaxaca, the poorest state in Mexico, to recruit Indians as field laborers. They were brought in on stake-bed trucks or on a one-way bus. This was a journey of over 2,000 miles. Many spoke no Spanish and had no concept of their destination. They found themselves in a hostile foreign field, uprooted from their families, culture and from their tropical mountain homes. The San Quintin Valley is an arid desert region along the Pacific Coast, noted for its cold nights. Entire families, including young children, were required to work to survive. Sometimes no housing was provided. Primitive shacks of cardboard, sticks, and plastic were constructed. Where housing was provided it was deplorable. No sanitation, and more often than not, the water was not potable. In many cases, there was no school or medical facility. The only store was “The Company Store” which often-charged double for basic needs. The Indians had no place to hide savings, and their money was often stolen. Most were illiterate and were taken advantage of by unscrupulous bankers, merchants, and businessmen.
At first Charla would slip away from the orphanage with a few pounds of beans, clothing and Spanish tracts, sharing God’s love. Then in 1982 two couples came to the orphanage, saw the plight of the Indians, and asked to spend their time distributing food and clothing and showing Spanish films about the life of Jesus.
They clothed and fed and preached, and God’s outreach, “El Alcance de Dios,” began.
Over the years thousands have come to Jesus Christ through this outreach. Today an evangelistic team goes out to the camps near our Baja mission several evenings a week to hold services, including Christian movies, music, drama, puppets and educational programs to communicate the “Good News.” When a profession of Christ is made, the new believer is given a tract or New Testament and invited to discipleship classes held in their camp. Global Recordings tapes in indigenous languages are distributed to those who don’t speak Spanish. Our team identifies social/economical and medical needs, and assistance is provided free of charge …another demonstration of the love of God.
Similar ministries are being established in the communities around our Missions in Morelia and Oaxaca.