From Fear To Freedom
"Don't let them in! They bring confusion! They'll steal your children—don't let them into your houses!"
Chalchiuitl looked up for a minute as the message broadcast through the pueblo—then went back to braiding grass. She made 20¢ for every eight feet she braided. At that rate, she needed to stay focused and keep working. But she would listen to the religious leader—she wouldn't talk to the strangers.
Within a week, the strangers left. Over the next couple of years, she saw her neighbors who had talked with them, listening to a black box. At first she avoided them, but as she saw them continue to listen, she got curious. One day she got near enough to hear. It was the Bible—in Nahuatl Guerrero! She was surprised—what could be wrong with that?
She knew when her neighbors listened, so she started making it a point to pass by, walking slowly, looking pointedly down at the grass she was braiding.
Three years later, the men came back. She was so happy. She secretly hoped for one of the black boxes—she wanted to hear God's Word. When they came to her door, she embraced them. They gave her a Proclaimer®, and now she listens all day as she braids grass, glad when people walk by, so they too, can hear.
This man is the father of a pastor in the pueblo. He also wouldn't talk to the strangers three years before. Even though his son said they were good men, he wouldn't acknowledge them. But over the last couple of years, he too had been overhearing God's Word. When the men came back this time, he took a Proclaimer®. Now he walks around with the Proclaimer® on, as loud as possible, every waking hour, sharing it with all who will listen.
Further north, among the Nahuatl Huasteca, Josue leads what he calls an "Army of Soul Harvesters," sharing God's salvation message throughout the Hidalgo mountains. Josue has been beaten and harassed more than once for sharing his faith.
Twenty years before, he worked as a camp caretaker and lived comfortably with his wife and two small children. But he and his wife felt a burden for their people to know Jesus. So they left their comfortable life and moved back to their pueblo.
Josue walks long distances, carrying heavy loads, to share the Gospel. For most of the past 20 years, the villages didn't have roads, and though vehicle tracks have now been carved into the mountains in most places, Josue still does a lot of his work on foot since he doesn't have transportation.
Josue's whole focus is to bring more people into the kingdom. And now, with the Proclaimer®, he can leave God's Word in audio in the various villages so people can continue to hear and be discipled.
God's Word—beginning to reach the 1.5 million people who speak Nahuatl in Mexico.
More than 630,000 Audio Bibles are reaching people in almost every country in the world.
How is this happening?
Because of churches like yours.
Thank you to the following churches who have given so the Nahuatl-speaking people of Mexico can hear God’s Word in their own languages: Highway 36 Church of Christ, Abilene, TX; Paradise Hills United Methodist, Albuquerque, NM; Tranquility Community Church, Seaman, OH; Abundant Faith Agape Love International, McAllen, TX; Apostolic Bible Chapel, Plover, WI; Fountain of Life Church of God, Land O’ Lakes, FL; Christian Faith Chapel, Belen, NM.
Thank you also to the hundreds of churches who have put Faith Comes By Hearing in their missions budget to be an ongoing part of fulfilling the Great Commission!