Missionary Spotlight: Modesto Valesco

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We support eight missionaries who are serving and ministering in the mountains of Oaxaca among people who have still not heard the Gospel. Over the next several months we want to use the newsletter to introduce you to these amazing people so you can be praying for them:

My name is Modesto Velasco Yescas. I was born and raised in a community called Las Cuevas, which is in the region of Santiago Amoltepec. It is considered the most violent area of Oaxaca by the government. Also there is extreme poverty because of how far it is from the capital city.

I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up with my parents because I was abandoned by them. But God in His great love gave me grandparents who adopted me as their son. Starting when I was young I had problems with my vision and even though my grandparents did everything possible, the sickness in my eyes advanced quickly and I was diagnosed with congenital cataracts when I was

10 years old.

When I was young I started to hear about Jesus Christ, but it wasn’t until my adolescence when I decided to surrender my life to the Lord as my Savior, and I knew that God didn’t only want to save me, but He wanted something more from me. So that is how I started to walk with a group of brothers who went from town to town with the message of salvation.

That is when I realized I needed more preparation to be more effective in what God was calling me to do. Despite my almost total loss of vision, I decided to go to the Bible Institute in Baja. Even now, I am very grateful that sister Lude accepted me as a student despite the fact that I was almost blind.

Thanks to God, I was able to finish school and return to my town to continue with my calling: take to my people, in their own language (Mixteco), the Gospel of Christ to the lost and to encourage my brothers and sisters in the faith.

IN WHAT AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

DO I SERVE THE LORD?

The service that I do for the Lord consists of basically two areas:

Evangelism

Bible teaching through discipleship

CURRENTLY I AM VISITING FOUR TOWNS:

1. El Cocal, which is a three hour walk.

2. La Mesilla, which is a three hour walk.

3. Llano Nuevo, which is the farthest and takes four hours to walk to.

4. I also help out with the pastoral work in my church in Las Cuevas (visiting the sick, helping the widows, preaching, leading worship, etc.)

WHAT DO WE DO IN THE TOWNS?

We meet with the brothers and sisters in someone’s house or a church building if it exists. We pray, sing and share a Bible class with them. We try to do everything in their Mixteco language because in almost every group there are seniors who don’t speak or understand Spanish well.

When someone else from the church in Las Cuevas goes with me, we have classes for the children.

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