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Church Planting among the Nahuatl


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A Trip to Las Moras, and Some Very Exciting News

The last words you may have heard from us were that we were going “off the grid.” Well, that is exactly where we have been for the last three weeks. We have been away from technology, the internet, and the bustling life of the city. Instead we have been enjoying the tranquil creation in central Mexico. Sound nice? It was, but it was also rustic, fun, challenging, encouraging, and eye-opening.

Our trip was filled with all sorts of experiences, from loading and unloading over 1,400 adobe bricks that weighed about 25 lbs each, to cleaning tribal homes, cooking with solar power, using an outhouse, bathing and doing laundry in the local creek, visiting and getting to know the Nahuatl families that live in the area, performing basic first aid, assisting in a week-long dental clinic for the people in the area, and spending time with the team that is working and living there in Las Moras.

It is a rugged, beautiful location, hard to reach, and not even accessible for four months of each year.  Yet, the people there work, raise their children, visit, plant gardens, and live with the same basic needs we do, and one overarching need that has brought the team there – their need to know  the God who loves them.

One of the most exciting parts of the trip actually came after the trip, when the team invited us to join them in the work  there in Las Moras.  We were excited to accept their invitation, and are pleased to announce that we are the newest members of the Las Moras team.  We still have to finish Spanish study here in Chihuahua, and plan to take a few weeks in August and September to travel to the States and share what our new work will look like.  But we’re excited to be part of the team, and can’t wait to get back out to Las Moras and work with the team toward reaching the Nahuatl people in their own language.

There will be more details to come later, but for now, we hope you enjoy these pictures of our trip:

The first stop on the way to Las Moras was in the city where the team is currently basing out of

Out to eat with the team the first night

A view from the mountain road. Over 1,000 curves in five hours is part of the reason some of us got sick 🙂

Stopping for lunch along the mountain road

Stopped along a construction site for the new road they are building through the mountains

Finally arrived at the coast - the second stop on the trip out to Las Moras. One night to recharge, then hit the road again.

Walking to dinner on the beach. It was great to see water after living in the desert for the past year and a half!

Back on the road - we hit a bit of a roadblock as we hit the dirt road to Las Moras.

A bulldozer had to clear rocks out of the road so we could continue.

We stopped for lunch just before a spot on the road that is often impassable.

Rocks weren't the only thing in the road on the way to Las Moras. Good thing we had a machete and a hatchet.

Sunrise in Las Moras. May is one of the driest months of the year, but there was still a bit of standing water in some of the creeks.

One morning, Rachel took us on a hike up one of the hills around the village.

A priest set this cross up during the village's celebrations of Semana Santa (Easter) a few years ago.

Katie and Rachel's house. (The two single ladies on the tribal team)

These drying adobes are some of the 1500 adobes we moved indoors to protect from the coming rainy season. The two already built missionaries' homes in Las Moras, and the one remaining to be built, are built with over 2,000 of these adobe bricks - each weighing 25 lbs or so. The Nahuatl people of the community made every brick used in the building.

Teresa, Katie, and I in the kitchen.

One of the little Nahuatl girls.

These young girls in the village liked to have pictures taken of them.

Las Moras sits on a mesa overlooking a canyon.

Pete and Tom trying hard to get the satellite working so the team can have internet.

One day we hiked to a nearby village, and Pete and I took some pictures out on one of the cliffs.

Nahuatl baby being rocked to sleep in a hammock.

A few Nahautl men led us to the edge of the canyon behind their house to catch a beautiful view.

The village is close enough to the coast that some tropical plants, like this banana plant, grow.

Our second week in Las Moras, we put on a dental clinic for the people in town and the surrounding villages. Here Pete assists on one of the 20 root canals they did.

Randy, the other dentist, and Tom assisting.

The local laundromat - Liesl doing our laundry on a rock down by the creek.

We also bathed down at the creek. One day a few of the girls in the village came down to chat with Katie and I and gave us braids in our hair.

We spent a number of mornings in the week before the dental clinic visiting some of the Nahuatl families in the village and letting them know about the upcoming clinic

The outhouse we used for the entire trip.

One of the missionaries' neighbors made some beautiful tablecloths and runners. I was purchasing this one from her, since it had a flower in my favorite color - orange.

On our way out of the tribe we stopped at this beautiful river to eat some lunch.

Catching a cup of coffee on the coast before continuing the long drive home

We had a great view as we crossed the mountains on our way home!