AVM Missionaries to Baja California Sur

AVM Missionaries to Baja California Sur

Jose Ponce and his wife, Lupita, are serving in the mountains of Baja California Sur (Southern Baja California). They are based out of a town called San Francisco de la Sierra, but travel to about 20 different ranches in the surrounding mountains. Each ranch is home to a group of 5 to 20 people and the majority of them are only accessible on foot or horseback.

The difficult accessibility is only part of the reason that this area is so hard to work in. Because it is so isolated, many of the people have never gone to school, which means they are unable to read the Bible. The ranches are so spread out that planting a church is difficult. Regardless of the location, some people would have to walk up to eight hours to attend. Jose Ponce and Lupita are currently the only missionaries in this area, which means their time is spread between the 20 different ranches, plus travel time.

In addition to all of this, many of the people in this area are very skeptical of the Gospel message. They continue to live in the same location, and in the same way that their families have lived for hundreds of years. They raise their own goats and cattle for meat, milk and cheese; they grow their own fruits and vegetables; they are self-sufficient. Accepting Christ as their Lord seems strange and unnecessary to them.

Despite all of these obstacles, Jose and Lupita are faithful servants. They continue to serve, they continue to share, and they continue to show Christ’s love to the people living in this remote area. They know how important it is that know Jesus Christ. Their dream is to eventually plant a church in that area. They are praying that God would provide the location and that He would open the eyes and the hearts of the people that Jose and Lupita are ministering to.