How can we ensure there is a church within walking distance of everyone in the world?
We must be patient. We must be steadfast. Most importantly, we must pray.
Thousands of indigenous people groups exist around the world, each with their own unique history and culture. While some have heard the Gospel, there is still much work needing to be done. Many of these people face persecution, especially those who have converted to Christianity. A strong church provides hope, safety and support for these new Christians, and spreads the Gospel to others.
As the Global Church Developer, our mission is to equip our indigenous partners with resources they need to plant churches, disciple believers and provide refuge. Without you, we could not accomplish that mission. Each month, we highlight some of those groups that may be blessed by ICM and our partners.
Please take time each month to pray for them as our work continues, and reflect on your own spiritual journey with the Lord. We pray each month’s post is a blessing to you. We thank you for your endless support.
All Scripture references come from the New Living Translation (NLT). Joshua Project used for Profile resource and stats.
People Within Reach: ZAPOTECO ISTMO
Located in Mexico
The Zapotecs are one of the largest indigenous tribes in Mexico. There are multiple Zapotec groups, speaking many different dialects! The Zapotec Istmo settle mostly in the Oaxaca region, scattered across the southern Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Their specific culture and style of clothes depend on which region of Oaxaca they live in, but generally, Zapoteco wear solid, natural colors. The Zapotec of the Isthmus in particular are quite fiery and opinionated, and are seen as “troublemakers” by government officials.
ICM is working with an organization that translates the Bible into over 100 Mexican tribal languages. We are excited to see if they can translate our Foundations material! Please pray that ICM and our partner can distribute Foundations material to many Zapotec groups in their language!
Zapoteco At a Glance
Language: Zapotec, Isthmus
Main Religion: Christianity
As we get ready to move into a new year, think about your hopes and dreams for this year. What are your goals? Most importantly, ask God what He wants for your life next year. How can you be receptive to the voice of God and obey Him?
- Pray for the Zapotec people, that they would turn away from these dark activities.
- Pray that the small number of existing evangelical Zapotecs would not be afraid to share the Gospel with their neighbors.
- Pray that the Zapotecs involved in witchcraft will be convicted and give up the practice.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”— Lamentations 3:22-24