Oaxaca

Missionary Spotlight: Teresa Rodriguez

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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 Teresa Tello Rodriguez. I was born in the community of Yucuyi, which is part of San Sebastian Tecomaxtlahuaca, in the Mixteca region. Currently, I live in Juxtlahuaca with my family (grandmother, mother and my brother and sister).

We heard the good news of Jesus through a missionary, Maria Villa Pablo, who not only presented us with the Gospel, but also guided us in the first steps of the faith. 

Some time after, I felt that God was calling me to serve him and doors were opened for me to study in the Bible Institute in Baja. When I finished the Institute, I returned to my town to be a light to my own people.

RIO DE HIELO:

Cafeteria for children: Every weekend we have about 30 children attend. We share with them a Bible class, we serve them food and we spend time playing with them. My greatest wish is that the children know the truth, and the truth is Jesus. I desire for God to use them to share with their families.

Embroidery workshop: Around 40 women attend an embroidery workshop every Saturday. While they embroider, we put on music that has a salvation message. They are also able to hear Bible advice about the family and at the end we have a small Bible reflection. We hand out cookies and juice.

We want to start this workshop in other towns where God will open doors, above all else, in communities that do not have the Gospel yet.

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SAN MARTIN DURAZNOS AND YUCUNDIVI:

Even though this year we were told we are no longer allowed to continue the work with the children of San Martin Duraznos, we continue visiting house by house the sisters there, primarily Sister Francisca who is completely blind. We take groceries, clothes and medicine according to her needs.

God has given me the opportunity to disciple the sisters of the faith. The purpose is to encourage them to continue to be faithful in the Lord. Every Sunday the brothers and sisters from these two communities travel to Juxtlahuaca to congregate in our church. 

JUXTLAHUACA/ABUNDANT GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTER

I work with the church in the following areas:

Directing the brothers and sisters in the cleaning: Together we work to keep the church buildings clean.

Child evangelism: Once a week a group of children attend Bible and value classes. 

The focus of this group is totally evangelistic. All of the children that come are from non-Christian families. We pray that the families of these children come to repentance. 

Ministry of movies: Every Friday we show a movie with a salvation message. At the end of the movie we do a reflection about the theme covered in the movie and above all else what God has to say in His word about the theme. The purpose of this is for more people to know Christ. 

Children’s teacher: Once a month I have the privilege of giving Bible classes in Sunday School. This is something I really enjoy because it is a way to connect with the children of our church. 

I am so grateful to all of you for your financial and prayer support because I sincerely have been blessed by God through all of you. God has given me the opportunity to take the Gospel of God to people with a great need for Christ. This includes people who are grateful for the opportunity to hear the message and children who have shown hunger to know more about the Lord. 

Brothers and sisters, thank you so much. God will reward you for what you have done. As it says in Revelation 22:12, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” 

By Teresa Rodriguez, Oaxaca Mission

Oaxaca, Land of Intrigue

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In a southern state of Mexico lies a rugged land full of diversity and contrast. It’s made up of over 157 spoken languages, cultures, and ethnic groups. Many of these groups still do not know Jesus Christ; many have no one to tell them. 

Bob Sundberg assessed the situation and gave thousands of hours to the task. He drove to the remote areas, and when he could no longer drive, he walked. Bob ate what he was served, often resulting in food poisoning. 

He came from Detroit, also the place I was born, and miraculously has survived three liver transplants. His courage and determination are legendary. He is my modern day hero. Our adopted son Charles Curtis, also came from Oaxaca. We have had the special privilege of working side by side with Bob.

I walked the mountain side and found a little home, where hollyhocks grew by the door. Hollyhocks grew in our backyard in Detroit. I admired the lovely blossoms and was invited into this humble home. I prayed for my precious new friends in a foreign land, in a foreign culture.

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Esteban and Yadira (pictured above) also ministered in Oaxaca where there were no known believers. They poured out their lives to establish a church in the remote village of Santa Maria. They now oversee our outreach.

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support of our
missionaries serving in Oaxaca.

By Charla Pereau, Founding Director

We’ll Never be the Same

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Since returning from Oaxaca we have had time to process the trip and think about what we learned:

 

Take Away #1: Prayer is powerful

Going in, our team valued prayer. We were very deliberate to identify our main requests and invite others to join in prayer. Even with our efforts, I don’t think any of us were prepared for God to answer in the ways He did.

 

Every request, whether intangible (growing hearts for children abroad, developing lasting relationships, receiving a kingdom vision for life choices, initiating further partnership with the mission) or tangible (smooth travel, safety, getting the weed-whacker started), was answered. God is capable of more than we could ever ask or imagine, and He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in him (Psalm 37:4). 

 

Take Away #2: Give thanks

The Mexican people constantly give thanks to God for his faithfulness and provision. Every prayer was an outflow of gratitude. After returning, our team has been amazed by how little we see thanksgiving in the prayers of our American church, despite being materially blessed to the max. We now aspire to be models of thanksgiving in the Christian communities we’re a part of here. 

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Next Steps

Kyle has a growing friendship with Rinzgüin, a teenage boy at the home. He is excited to sponsor Rinzgüin and prepare a surprise gift for his 18th birthday. Lord willing, Kyle will return to Oaxaca to deepen his relationships with the kids, further his mastery of the Spanish language, and experience God’s presence there. 

 

Michael is still processing/praying about the experience to determine what the next step is. Brian is sponsoring Baltazar, a teenage boy at the home. Brian sees himself playing an ongoing role with the ministry through financial support. 

 

What is the next step for you? Perhaps it’s 

visiting one of the missions or committing to financial support. Please visit the FFHM website www.ffhm.org for more info and ways to give. 

 

By Michael, Brian, and Kyle