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A church for every people group and the Gospel for every language group!

There are 56 Ethno-Linguistic Groups in Mexico that speak over 250 different dialects. Most understand Spanish, but continue to speak their mother tongue and living within the context of their native culture. After more than 100 years of Baptist work in Mexico, half of these ethno-linguistic groups have still never heard the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas and the National Baptist Convention of Mexico entered into a covenant partnership three years ago. The Missions Board of the Mexico Convention has shared ten geographical regions in the country where national missionaries could use the help of Texas and Mexico Border churches to plant new churches among fourteen ethno-linguistic Indian groups, as well as in certain non-ethnic regions.

Texas Baptists have helped to establish more than 1,500 churches along the Texas-Mexico border during the past thirty-nine years. Now these border churches that have been the recipients of mission groups are being challenged to become Great Commission Churches that “go & make disciples of all people groups,” beginning with the nearest ethnio-linguistic groups with which they share a cultural and language heritage in the Mexico interior.

Because border churches have developed strong working relationships with Texas churches, those partnerships now have the opportunity to work together in a new and different way to effectively accomplish what neither can do alone. Border churches have an understanding of culture, language, as well as unhealthy missiological principles that can help upstate groups better minister in the Mexico interior. Upstate churches may have access to resources that would help to make a partnership in the Mexico interior a reality for the border church desiring to reach the ethno-linguistic unreached groups.

There are many partnership possibilities.

  • Upstate church & a border church adopting the same People Group or mission field
  • Mexico border church with Texas border church adopting the same People Group
  • Upstate English language church with Upstate Hispanic church adopting a People Group
  • Multiple English language and Spanish language congregations adopting an unreached field
  • Some of the ethno-linguistic groups are located in mountainous and rural areas with very rough terrain where participants may have to walk for miles with backpacks in order to do ministry. Cultural orientation will be required for all participants working with the Indian groups to insure a clear understanding of conditions expectations. Due to the difficulty of working in certain areas, it is quite possible that a church might have very few people willing to go and adapt to such conditions. Most of the teams in these more difficult regions will be no larger than 15 people and in some places as few as 5 to10. Those not physically going from the adopting church may assist with prayer, collecting supplies, and helping to provide needed funding for the mission trip to become a realtiy. Some churches may prefer to participate by providing financial support for a Hispanic or border church to be sent to do a culturally contextualized ministry. Since there is much spiritual warfare among many of these groups due to the practice of their native pagan beliefs, such as witchcraft; armies of prayer warriors will be needed to lift up participating groups to the Father.

    Prayerfully consider adopting one of these ten mission fields for a three to five year partnership.

  • Which ethno-linguistic people group or mission field is God is leading your church to adopt?
  • Call the River Ministry Office (888.333.2363), to connect with Mexico missionary & other churches interested in adopting the same group.
  • Contact the River Ministry Office to identify potential partners for specific groups.
  • Communicate existing relationships you have with Hispanic or border churches with which you may partner in the “Adopt a People Group” project.
  • Obtain prayer guides for the specific People Group you feel God leading you to adopt.
  • Obtain cultural materials to enable your church to clearly understand the ethno-linguistic culture.
  • Have two or three key leaders take a visioning trip to the area before sending a group.
  • Understand that groups will only respond to requests from the National missionary and WILL NOT do anything to create unhealthy dependency or paternalism. Empower locals to do the ministry!
  • Texas and Mexico border churches

    Click on a link below to learn more about projects for joint partnerships between Texas & Mexico border churches

    TEHUACAN
    VERACRUZ
    OAXACA
    SINALOA & SONORA
    YUCATAN
    SAN LUIS POTOSI
    MORELOS

    Projects Needed

    Prayer Walking
    Leadership Equipping Conferences
    International Crusades
    Gospel Saturation
    Student Ministries
    Evangelism Explosion
    Construction
    Community Ministry Needs Assessment
    Agricultural & Community Development Projects
    Medical/Dental Clinics
    Sports Clinics
    Jesus Film & distribution of Gospel packages
    Partnerships willing to help meet local goals

    Ethno-Linguistic Groups

    Pames
    Totonaco
    Nahuatl
    Huastecos Tenek
    Otomies
    African descent
    Mayas
    Chatinos
    Zapotecos
    Mixtecos
    Popolocas
    Mazahuatl
    Mayos

    Other Adoptable Mission Fields

    La Laguna — Torreon, Coahuilla & Gomez Palacios, Durango
    State of San Luis Potosí – Only 12 Convention Churches
    Sierra Gorda & State of Queretaro
    Rural Communities & Medium Cities of South Veracruz
    10-40 Window (Black Heart of Mexico) – State of Guanajuato

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