Last week I received a heart wrenching phone call from a pastor friend who’s working in northwestern Oaxaca amongst the Mixtecs. In August we brought a dental team to his area and “broke the ice” for the gospel in a small Mixtec village. We were incredibly well received by the townspeople and their government officials. Several people surrendered to Christ and many wanted us to come back! The goal was to start a house church in this unengaged area.
This pastor called me to let me know that he is stretched very thin and would not be able to continue working in that town. He wanted to know if we would be able to continue the work there. Unfortunately neither us nor our co-workers from San Diego are able to carry on the work there.
This is indicative of how great the need is in the state of Oaxaca and how few workers are available. Oaxaca has about 3.8 million people, with 570 counties that include hundreds of towns that have little or no Christian witness; much less a Christian church.
I am sharing this with you so you will pray. Oaxaca is open to the gospel; but few are willing to labor here.
Thanks to all of you who pray for us and who generously give to this vital ministry. In light of what we do and where we are doing it, your prayers are incredibly needed and appreciated.
Until ALL have heard,
Peter & Teresa Cawthon
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“Some want to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop,
Within a yard of hell.” C.T. Studd- British missionary to Africa
Thanks to all of you who’ve prayed with us for our summer outreaches. Teresa and I are so grateful for the Jubilee team from San Antonio, the Wellspring team from Dinuba, CA, and the optometry and dental team from the New York city area. A special thanks to David and Margaret Choi who’ve been such incredible team leaders for the many dental teams. Continue reading SWEET SUMMER 2015!
How do you like my ride? May 15, 2015 – Greetings from beautiful, rainy Oaxaca. Our rainy season is just beginning and we agree this is our favorite time of year. Continue reading MEDICAL TEAM PRAYER 05/15/2015
We administer a Spanish Christian lending library with an evergrowing number of books and DVDs. The other day a young man arrived bringing back two books on evangelism. I asked him how the books had impacted him. He said they’d prompted him to continue his prison ministry and a ministry to the mentally challenged. Talk about making my day!
We humbly ask for your intercessory prayers during our dental outreach that’s from March 12-19. We personally need them as Teresa’s recovering from a sinus infection and I’ve been under a mental attack from the enemy.
The team needs your prayers for a harvest of souls and signs and wonders- in other words we’re asking for an open heaven!!!! (For security reasons we don’t publish the names of the villages we’ll be working in; but if you email me I’ll give them to you.)
Thank you so much for praying for us as we go into battle. You’ll be “holding up our hands.”
We’ve been back in Oaxaca for almost three weeks!! You all know how good it is to get back to your own bed and your “routine.” Did I mention how good our food is here? It’s not just good, it’s awesome. Right now the weather’s very dry; but pleasant! It’s in the 50s at night and 80s during the day.
For several years we’ve been blessed to host a dental team from New York City. They are our “ice breakers” to get the Good News into areas with few or no Christians. The team of 14 will be with us from March 12-19. Would you commit to praying for us as we’ll be ministering in three unreached villages of Oaxaca? Thanks so much!
For those who have not heard,
Peter & Teresa
Thanks for praying for us. Here’s the latest:
1. Teresa’s knee continues to slowly heal. Please keep praying.
2. I just got back from “scouting trip” with our team of Antonio and Miguel. We found two more unreached Zapotec villages-between both villages there’s only ONE family of Christians. We plan on scouting out some more villages soon. Please continue to pray we’ll have wisdom as to where to focus our efforts.
3. In one town where we work, Pastor Roberto visits twice a week for Bible studies. However, the home they meet in is about a mile out of town and very inconvenient. There’s a good chance a non-Christian city official is going to rent us his home that’s in the center of town. Please pray this will work out.
4. This weekend optometry student Joanne Albert is attending the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists convention. She’s going to promote missions trips to Oaxaca for us. Please pray this will result in our hosting five optometry teams per year.
Thanks so much for standing with us in prayers. The Harvest is ripe; but the laborers are few. Pray!
We love you,
A mother and her two children visited the library for the first time. The mother couldn’t say enough nice things about the library nor could she say “thank you” enough times to us.
About a week ago I, Peter, got to shoot some half court hoops. I hadn’t played in a long time. It was fun; but my team lost 4 out of 5 games. Guess I need to play more often.
Our long anticipated order for many books and dvds has arrived. All our staff is on deck preparing these materials to be shelf ready. Thanks for your donations for them.
It may sound strange; but suddendly Oaxaca has about 10 Chinese restuants. We’ve enjoyed testing them out. They are owned usually by sons and daughters of Chinese people who migrated here many years ago. Come down on a trip and we’ll take you out. One team said it was the best Chinese they have ever had!