28 Jan 2008
Approximately 60 miles southwest of the large city of Puebla, Mexico is the town of Tehuacan. Tehuacan is a very old town located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. It is a town mixed with people who have come in from the outside and the Mixtecos, … an indigenous people of the area. There are two chicken processing plants here, as well as other light industries that attract people from the mountains seeking employment and a better life.
The Catholic Church, to which most claim allegiance, is located on the town square. Also near the center of town is the Iglesia Bautista Emanuel.
Not far away is its sister church, Iglesia Bautista Pueblo de Dios. These two churches work together to make this Escuela de Misiones, … School of Missions, … possible.
Established in 2001, the school of missions is held quarterly in different parts of the country. Today classes are being held at the Iglesia Bautista Pueblo de Dios. This is one of four theological training schools located among the indigenous people of Mexico in Chiapas, Nayarit and the Sierra Mazateco. Other locations are being considered also.
Many of the graduates of the Escuela de Misiones have gone out … “on mission” … throughout Mexico as well as other parts of the world. They are now serving in China, Russia, and several mid-eastern countries. Jaime Garcia, the director of indigenous works in Mexico is also the director of this school. Eden Maldonado has been the pastor of the Iglesia Bautista Emanuel, …Emanuel Baptist Church, for 40 years and helps with the school. His own mission service includes beginning the work in the Sierra Mazateca.
Anselmo Duarte, one of the graduates of the school, trains others to go out as leaders, pastors and missionaries. He also teaches in two other schools located in the Sierra Mazateca.
Students come to the school from long distances and spend two weeks at a time attending the classes. This is a significant sacrifice for them since most pay their own way. Their study includes subjects needed for mission work in unreached and often untouched parts of Mexico and the world. Courses taught are discipleship, evangelism, Bible basics church planting and church growth. Small classes, close fellowship, and in-depth Biblical training is developing young men and women who are making a difference in the lives of the indigenous people of Mexico and throughout the world.
It is imperative that you PRAY for the faculty and the graduates of the Escuela de Misiones. Their family and friends will reject many and some will be persecuted … possibly to death. PRAY for God’s protection, strength, and grace as they serve Him. PRAISE God for these who are willing to go and tell others the Good News of Jesus! PRAY that this school will grow as others yield to God’s call to take His Word and share His love with the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
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