During the second half of our trip to Oaxaca, we spent some time in the mountainous villages. We worked with indigenous Zapotec people who live in these villages. Many of these are widows or single women whose husbands have deserted them to find a better means of living. Left to fend for themselves, these ladies have little to no resources to feed their own families, much less to provide any source of income for themselves.
The missionaries who we worked with have developed agricultural tools and resources to begin helping these families thrive. In one particular village, we tilled two different plots of land and then helped two families begin planting a garden. While working alongside these Zapotec women, I couldn’t help but notice the joy that they had in beginning what would be a new chapter of life. There was a newfound sense of identity in their lives, as they will soon, by God’s grace, be able to reap a harvest that will sustain them physically.
I kept recalling passages of Scripture as I would plant rows of seed on one lady’s land that speak to tilling, sowing, watering, and reaping. Particularly the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-15. I pray that these seeds that were sown would not only help provide for these ladies in a physical way, but also that they would serve as a continual, visual reminder of the seed of the Gospel that has been planted and born fruit in their lives. Many of these women are new believers and are just now beginning their life of growing as a disciple of Christ. May the seed of the Gospel continue to take root in their lives and bear lasting fruit that will produce great joy in God – the Lord of the harvest.
Written by Ryan Martin