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.
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.
Texas and Mexico border churches
Click on a link below to learn more about projects for joint partnerships between Texas & Mexico border churches
Leadership Equipping Conferences
Community Ministry Needs Assessment
Agricultural & Community Development Projects
Jesus Film & distribution of Gospel packages
Partnerships willing to help meet local goals
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