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Clean Water for Las Moras

The trucks are loaded, and tomorrow Pete & I, along with our partners Tom & Teresa, and Katie & Rachel head south to Las Moras. We are more than excited to once again be living in the village, and spending time getting to know the Nahuatl people. This also includes learning their language and culture as we build meaningful relationships with them.

Also our first work team is coming out on November 8th to work on our tribal home! We are praying we are able to assist them in getting a lot of large projects done, like pouring our concrete floor, and putting in the plumbing.

We are in Mexico, but many of you, our faithful partnership team, are working over time to help us with a specific project, bringing clean water to the village of Las Moras, Mexico. 

Below is information on the current water situation in Las Moras:

In Las Moras, Mexico, the Nahuatl people have few options for water. Some haul it from a nearby stream where people also bathe and wash laundry. Some haul it from small, dirty springs that are often muddied by livestock. Some gather it from puddles when it rains. None of them have access to clean water, and many suffer from water-borne illnesses like typhoid and dysentery. When a team from New Tribes Mission, including Pete & Liesl Hypki, began working in Las Moras, they immediately identified clean water as one of the community’s needs. The remote location, depth, and size of the well needed to provide clean water placed an estimate at $20,000.  The team from New Tribes Mission began earnestly seeking funds in early 2011, with the hope of raising enough money to drill the well in May 2012.  The goal is to make clean water available for all the people who live there, including the team from New Tribes Mission.

All of you can be a part of the project to bring clean water to Las Moras. All it takes is a visit to Culvers!

What: Las Moras Well Project Fundraiser

Where: Culvers, Wisconsin Dells (across from Starbucks)

When: November 1, 2011 from 10:00am to 10:00pm

What do I do: Come enjoy a meal with your friends and family, and Culvers will proudly donate 10% of the days proceeds to the Las Moras Well Project!

If you can’t come to Culvers on November 1st you can still be a part of helping Pete, myself, and our team bring clean water to Las Moras. We would like to raise the $20,000 needed to dig the well by May 2012, and are only about 1/4 of the way to our financial goal. The faster we have a good source of clean water in Las Moras the faster we will be able to bring the truth of the gospel to the Nahuatl, and the healthier we all will be.

Would you pray with us for God’s provision for our water needs?

Would you like to help finance a well for Las Moras?

Call New Tribes Mission’s Finance Office at 1-866-547-2460 to donate with a credit card.  Specify your gift is for the Mexico Fund – Well Project.

OR, send a check made out to New Tribes Mission to

New Tribes Mission
1000 East First Street
Sanford, Florida 32771

with a note saying it is for “the Mexico Fund – Well Project”

Thank you!

We appreciate you prayers and participation with this project, so that together we can provide Las Moras with clean water, and press forward in bringing the light of life in Christ to the Nahuatl.

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The Road Home

The title of this post really has two meanings to us, the first being that just three weeks ago we embarked on the trip back home to Mexico after finishing our two month mini furlough in the states. However it also means that we are packing up our things, and beginning our journey to Las Moras which will be our permanent home for what we are hoping and praying will be a long time.

We are praying one day soon she will know the hope of the Savior.

Let me just give you a quick update on the second half of our furlough time. During the month of September we spent about three weeks in Waukesha, WI and the Milwaukee area. This was our time with Pete’s family, and we made some great new memories including being treated to a 4 day get-away to Door County!

Family photo

Also, with September came some INCREDIBLE answers to prayer as God provided the $7,000.00 we needed for the initial payment to purchase our house out in Las Moras!

We have now purchased this home, and are trusting God to provide completely to finish it and make it a place of ministry.

He has also brought in money so that we can begin to buy materials to finish our home! We have been completely overwhelmed and amazed at His goodness and His faithfulness. Not only did He provide financially for us, but also He gave us time with so many of you and we were refreshed and renewed by the time we shared. There are not enough ways to say thank you for the way you have personally lifted our spirits and been living tokens of God’s love. To see all of you excited about the Nahuatl of Las Moras hearing the gospel truly touched us and challenged us in ways you will never know, so thank you!

As September came to a close we began our trek back to Mexico from Wisconsin. This trip included three nights spent with dear friends in both St. Louis, and Oklahoma, and a few hours with Pete’s Cherokee language helper that he worked with back in the fall of 2009 when finishing up the linguistics program. We also stopped in the middle at the Missionary Training Center for New Tribes Mission. Pete had the privilege of sharing during the chapel time, and we talked at a few student small groups as well. It was incredible to be able to challenge the students sitting in the very chairs where we were just 2.5 years ago.

Now back in Mexico we have been packing and saying goodbye to friends we have made here in Chihuahua before we begin our trip south to the state of Durango to begin working among the Nahuatl in the village of Las Moras. Tomorrow, Monday we will be packing both our truck and our co-worker’s truck with all of our belongings and making the 7 hour drive to the city of Durango. There we will meet and do some planning with our co-workers, Tom & Teresa Elkins, Rachel, and Katie and begin our move into Las Moras.

Traveling in to the tribe.

This new life change is incredibly exciting for us, and without a doubt we know God is placing us there at just His right timing and all we want is to become vessels in His hands.

Thank you for praying for us and supporting us, we would not be here without your encouragement, it is amazing to know that you are all on your knees for the Lord to work in the hearts of the Nahuatl. We have a confident hope and peace that His work will be done. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Please check out the “Pray” page on the blog for updated prayer requests!  Also, we have some exciting news regarding how you can be apart of bringing clean water to the village of Las Moras. Check out this post for more details. http://www.ntm.org/wp/rachel_chapman/