July 2014 - We have closed a wonderful fifteen year Partnership in Oaxaca, Mexico and are prayerfully searching for a new calling in Latin America.
In 1999, a mission team from SBPC first went to El Porvenir, a small village in the eroded highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. El Porvenir is one of the communities Floresta and its Mexican partner Misíon Integral serve. It was our desire to share the unconditional love of Christ with the poor, both Christians and non-believers by responding to their physical as well as their spiritual needs.
This partnership linked together SBPC, the international development organization Plant with Purpose [Floresta] and their agents in Oaxaca; Misíon Integral. SBPC joined hands with 3 communities and the people of El Porvenir, Lomas Chimedia and La Uñion in the hillside region of Nuxino, Oaxaca, Mexico. We worked with the local leaders to improve the lives of the people who live in these rural villages.
Oaxaca Mission Partnership 1999-2014
They stand on our street corners: men from south of our border, waiting and hoping for work. Many of them get here outside the law, risking life and limb, hoping to work hard here and help their families there.
Fifteen years ago, God put it on our hearts to be part of his plan to address the ROOT causes that send men across the border: poverty that stems from degraded land, from a lack of jobs, from lack of clean water, and from a lack of hope that comes from faith in Jesus.
We searched and prayed and ended up linking arms with a local mission agency, Plant With Purpose, and their work in the mountains of Oaxaca, one of the most deforested places in Mexico.
For fifteen years, we have supported PWP staff in Oaxaca bringing new life to three villages of hard working Mixtec people. This summer we sent our last team to see the lasting impact that fifteen years of friendship and funding have accomplished.
We were wowed by fish farms that still produce protein for many families, by hillsides cultivated in ways that preserve topsoil, by thousands of trees planted, by cisterns that capture water for the dry season, by safe stoves that safeguard respiratory health of moms, by eco latrines that improve the health of kids, and so much more.
More amazing than the many projects that are flourishing are the PEOPLE who are flourishing. A youth group of over 20 teens testified about the impact of our VBS program each summer and how they are now grown up and taking the message of Jesus to their whole community. A young mom, Maria, told us "I give eternal thanks for my garden, stove, cistern, latrine, chickens because they have changed our lives." Luis is a twenty something Mixtec young man trained by PWP as a Community Promoter: "God has given us skills and tools and our soil. We have come up with a new program for our people: ‘Manos a la tierra' (hands to the soil). We have a new vision for our future."
We praise God for fifteen years of lasting fruit that he and we and our Oaxaca friends have produced for his glory!
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