October. Harvest time. For the Tarahumara Indians living in western Chihuahua state in the mountains known as the Sierra Tarahumara, it is a time of gathering in the corn harvest. This year, the harvest was good and everyone is rejoicing. But there is another harvest in the Sierras that is being rejoiced over this October: more new believers among the Tarahumara!
As fellow missionary, Allison Lucht, and I were driving out to a Tarahumara Indian settlement north of Chihuahua City for the last day of Vacation Bible School there, she asked if I would give the final talk explaining the Gospel to those present. I was thrilled for the opportunity!
“When I was a kid, the only thing I ever thought I would do when I grew up was plant marijuana. I didn’t know anything else. But, now, my future plan is to go to work in an ethnic group, whether in my own ethnic group or another ethnic group. I want...to go to teach the word of God to people who have not heard anything about Christ our savior.” - Vicente
Last month, during the week leading up to Easter Sunday, the team wrapped up teaching a Tarahumara couple & their teenage daughter from Creation to Christ. This family had to walk for miles over the mountains just to come to hear the lessons. The final lesson covers the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus Christ.