Friday, 13 September 2013

Survey trip to Mexico

Last month, Lisa and I had the opportunity to make a survey trip to northern Mexico. We saw many different places in the state of Chihuahua, including the Copper Canyon.


Some of our hikes were more challenging - but also more interesting - than others....

 
 
We stood in awe of large mountains and canyons and the beauty of God's creation:

 



 
 
 


 
And there is more beauty to be seen in the people that live in this area. In and around the Copper Canyon area is where the Tarahumara Indians are at home.



Over 10 years ago, a doctor with his family moved into a remote mountain village to start a medical clinic for the Tarahumara. Can you find the clinic on the photo below?


Hint: look for a large antenna...

The other buildings you can see on the photo are housing for the workers and for the patients. Here is a close-up of the clinic:


And here is a photo from the inside of the clinic with the doctor and some Tarahumara patients:
 


The next photos is one with most of the members of the team we will be joining:
 

 
The photo was taken on my birthday while we were still in the closest town, which is a 4-5 hour drive away from the mountain clinic.
 
Later that week we made the trip to the mountain village and that is where Lisa celebrated her birthday with some special Tarahumara guests:
 
 
This family showed up at our doorstep that evening wanting some food, and we were pleased to be able to invite them inside and share a meal with us. Unfortunately, we were not able to communicate very well with them, as only the mother knew a little bit of Spanish and the others only spoke Tarahumara.
 
Many Tarahumara don't speak Spanish and don't have God's word in their language. Lisa and I want to live among them and learn their language and culture, so that we can share God's word with them in their heart language. We also want to teach them how to read and write in Tarahumara as only very few of them are literate in their own language. We realise this is a big task, but we believe that God will help us and we want Him to be glorified in our lives and in the lives of the Tarahumara.


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