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Oaxaca, Day 6 – October 2015

30 Oct

The group split again, with some staying with the women at La Cocecha for a 3rd day and the others going to an agricultural center/farm just outside the city.IMG_0534

The farm is run by a man named Gaspar and his wife Estella. They grow crops like corn and tomatoes and raise various animals such as sheep, rabbits, and cows. They then use that to help feed local villages in the area and teach them (and others) how to grow their own food.

The farm was started about 15 years ago. Gaspar became interested in being a part of it because of children dying in villages from starvation. He didn’t want to see that happen again. He now has 27 local churches working together to provide food all over the state of Oaxaca, the farthest of which is an 8 hour drive away from the farm.

A few years ago, Gaspar and his family were attacked by people in one village who were jealous of the prosperity the Christians were experiencing with their new found agricultural skills. They burned his house, his car, and killed 2 people. Gaspar still has machete scars on head from the attack. A year or so ago, Gaspar went back to that village with a medical mission team. He told the villagers it didn’t matter what happened before, he still offered his help and shared the gospel with them. They even brought a wheelchair for the son of one of the attackers. That’s what living out the gospel means.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled”, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.   James 2:14-17

Written by Jennifer Gidden 

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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in General Missions, Mexico, Oaxaca, Samaria

 

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