CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO — Tarahumara Believers Sent Out as Missionaries

Located on a small plateau at over 8,000 feet, Centro Cristiano Tarahumara is a missionary training base located in the Sierra Madre Mountains in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.  Overlooking the small town of Creel, the center was founded in 1994 with the vision of serving the Tarahumara communities by evangelism, training and mercy ministries.

The founder’s dream was to raise Tarahumara missionaries to go to new places to take the message of the Gospel.  After almost 30 years of faithful work, this dream is becoming a reality.  Digital Bible Society is blessed to partner with the the center in sending Tarahumara missionaries to new uncharted territories in the mountains.

Director of Centro Christiano Tarahumara shares at seminar.

In September of 2019, Digital Bible Society and Centro Cristiano Tarahumara signed an agreement to have a copying and distribution center to serve the need for Bible access in that part of the Tarahumara mountains. Interest in Digital Bibles is increasing in this part of Mexico, as many people have access to mobile smart phones. A Digital Bible Seminar was conducted for pastors and leaders from the area, and since that time, the center has been copying and distributing digital Bibles to towns and communities in that region.

Another real need is for Audio Bible Players, loaded with the Tarahumara New Testament, but the cost for these is higher than MicroSDs, and the people cannot afford them.   For this reason, the Digital Bible Society and its partners take every opportunity to provide Audio Bible Players to these communities.

In response to this need, DBS returned in March, 2020, to encourage the workers there and to bring Audio Bibles for a specific distribution deep into the mountains. Three Tarahumara missionaries were being sent to a remote area of the Sierra Madre Mountains. On March 17, Digital Bible Society and Centro Cristiano Tarahumara met for prayer and preparation. The next day, the missionaries started the journey to Cumbre de Durazno to share the Gospel and distribute Audio Bibles in that community.

“This is a virgin territory” says Manuel, one of the missionaries being sent, “not even the Catholic church has a presence there. The people are open and hungry to hear about the Creator God and his son Jesus”.

Manuel is one of the fruits from the work of Centro Cristiano. He came to the Lord back in the early 1990s, and is now leading other Tarahumara believers from his community to serve as missionaries to other parts of the mountains.

“These audio Bibles will help a lot to serve the people of these remote communities where we are going. While we are not there with them, as we come back for supplies (several days journey across a Canyon), they can continue to listen to the Word of God and grow in their faith” Manuel says with excitement.

MAZATLÁN, MEXICO — A Bible In Every Home

In early March, DBS traveled to Mazatlán, Mexico to accompany a group of YWAM missionaries and students distributing Bibles in a local neighborhood. Knocking on each door and asking if they would want to receive a free Bible, there were many opportunities for prayer and Gospel sharing with the people.

Victor was reached for Christ.

One team shared with Victor, who recently moved to Mazatlán from his native Guadalajara. Victor received a digital Bible with joy and shared how, although he was going through a hard time, he knew God would help him.  Even though Victor believed in God, he did not fully understand what Jesus had done for him on the cross.  After hearing a clear presentation of the gospel, Victor prayer to surrender his life to Christ.  

Local believers will continue to meet Victor and help him engage with the Word of God so he can grow in his newfound faith.

Digital Bible Society has been partnering with YWAM Mazatlán in a project called Biblias para Mexico (Bibles for Mexico). The vision is to see a Bible in every home in Mexico so that each household has access to the eternal words of God. Although Mexico, as a country, has access to the Bible, most people do not take the initiative to seek the Scriptures for themselves. Biblias para Mexico mobilizes the local body of Christ to share the Scriptures in their own neighborhoods and to seek opportunities for prayer and further engagement.

YWAM Mazatlán – Prayer and worship in preparation for outreach.

Juan Carlos, founder and catalyst of the project, says: “Reading and engaging with the Bible changed my life and outlook on life. Starting in my city, I want to see that all of Mexico has the opportunity that I had of reading the Bible and being set free by the power of the Gospel”

So far, Biblias para Mexico project has seen 39,454 printed Bibles shared in about 60 of the local neighborhoods. They also have begun to distribute MicroSDs loaded with Spanish Treasures Libraries. These libraries include text Bibles, commentaries and books, as well as audio Bibles, Bible Films, and more. During the yearly local Carnival, Biblias para Mexico gives away free coffee and these Spanish Treasure Libraries. They also gift these digital Bibles to students.

Dark areas represent neighborhoods covered with the Bible.

“Having a Bible in each home is an aspect of justice, having the Word of God is a given right for all people” says Juan Carlos. Biblias para Mexico seeks to ensure that all families in the country of Mexico have first-hand access to the Word of God in their own language.