The Zapotec people cluster makes up about a third of the indigenous population in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Other UPGs living in the area include the Mixtecs and Mixe, along with a number of smaller offshoots of these ethnolinguistic groups. The Zapotecs live primarily in the state’s central valley, including the area surrounding the capital city of Oaxaca.

Engagement — What’s Happening Now

At a recent pastors’ meeting, workers reported that more than 250 listening units loaded with an audio Bible were distributed to UPGs in Oaxaca. As a result of this distribution, 1,287 salvations and 856 baptisms were reported among the Zapotecos.

Sustainability — The Bigger Story

A group of 60 workers distributed the listening devices. Many of these are ministers on the ground who will continue to disciple the new believers with the goal of establishing churches in Oaxaca.

Partnership — Move Beyond

Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in the lives of new believers among the Zapoteco.

Pray that as more listening devices are distributed, Zapoteco families would turn to Christ and establish gospel proclamation points in their community.

Entrepreneurs: Consider supporting the ongoing effort to distribute audio Bibles among the unreached in Mexico.

Readers, Writers, and Speakers:  The Zapotec speak multiple dialects of the Zapotec language, and multiple resources exist to disciple new believers. The Zapotec language is the most widely spoken in Oaxaca.

Problem Solvers: Nearly 400,000 people live in the Istmo region in which the audio devices were distributed. Pray for the development of a system to reach this populous region, which is the largest in Oaxaca.