Heather’s doing what?!?!?!
As I share my future plans with friends, family and strangers, the most common response that I receive is: “you’re doing what?!?!” Closely followed by: “why?” I thought this might help.
The Cruz Soto Family
The Cruz family is a missionary
family from my church in Mexico:
Roca Eterna. They were sent out 2
years ago and have been living in a
small village in Nayarit, Mexico
called Mesa de Nayer working with
The Cruz family have played a vital
role in helping the Huichol people.
They have hosted annual medical missions which provided medical attention to hundreds of people who have not once in there life visited a doctor or dentist. Noe is currently trying to help the people get access to running water and electricity through the relationships that he has formed with the surrounding Cora Indian tribes.
In September I will be moving to Mexico to become a full time foreign missionary under Hearing Heart Missions. My first few months in Mexico will be spent in a small village located in Nayarit, Mexico (a mountainous region also called “La Sierra”) working with a tribe of Huichol Indians. I will be going to “intern” with the Cruz family, who have been living in Nayarit for the past two years. My main focus while I am in La Sierra is to be a friend to a group of people who have been treated like enemies for most of their life. I am being allowed access into their culture as an English teacher to the children and some village leaders. I will also be helping the Cruz family with home schooling, teaching Sunday school classes and several other daily responsibilities.
The Huichol indian tribe that I will be working with has an interesting story. Years ago they settled in Nayarit, Mexico. The land that they settled on is Cora indian territory. You can imagine that the Cora indians do not want another tribe living on their land, but the Huichol people don’t have anywhere else to go, so they stay in Nayarit, a place they have called home for years. The Cora indians have decided to cut the Huichol people off from anything that they can, in the hopes of driving the them away.
Now that they are living with the Huichol people, Noe is using the relationships that he built with the Cora to help the Huichol people.
I was able to visit La Sierra in June and I am very excited to go back and start helping them and the Huichol people in any way that I can. I am eager to see how God uses the skills and abilities that He has given to me and been strengthening in me for the past several years.
I will be going to Mexico on a tourist visa which only allows me to be in the country for six months, so I will only be able to spend a few months at a time up in La Sierra. While I am not in the mountains I will be working with Hearing Heart Missions in Zacatecas, Mexico and continuing to seek God for guidance for my next steps.
I spent 2005-2006 interning with Lee Anne Risk and the Garay family of Hearing Heart Missions. One of the things I was able to do during this time was visit several music and ministry schools (CanZion Institute) with Lee Anne. We put on Missions Conferences and talked to the students about the importance of missions- especially in the “10/40 Window”.
It was during this time that my eyes were opened to the vastness of the world I live in. I started to experience so many new things and understand that there are so many different cultures and people groups than I had experienced. I learned so many people have never heard about Jesus. It was during this time that I developed a passion for these people, wanting them to have the chance to hear about a Man who loved them so much that He gave up His life for them. And even more than being able to tell them how much Jesus loves them, I want to be able to show them.
Hearing Heart Missions is the organization that I have
missions just seems like such a natural thing to do. I spend my life helping others, sometimes with the simplest things. The reason that I want to love them is because I am loved. The love I can give is only a fraction of the love I have received. It’s not only showing them eternal hope, but by helping them right now- today, showing them love and affection that they might not otherwise receiv
My time back in Minnesota has been a time of preparation. I have learned that’s it’s not as easy as you might think to just “go and help”. I have been doing my best to get all of my ducks in a row and make sure that I am doing things correctly. Right now I have no timeline as to when I will be coming back to MN. I will definitely be back once a year or so to visit my friends, family, and church to keep everyone updated, but otherwise, I am in this for the long haul.
The 10/40 Window
This is also the poorest region in the world.
Eighty-two percent of the poorest of the poor live
in the 10/40 Window. Over 2.4 billion people,
40% of the world’s population, live on less than
$1.40 per day in the 10/40 Window.
This is a big step for me, and I am asking for your support as I move forward. I will need your prayer support and financial support. Without the two of these, I am sunk! I could have all the money in the world, but if I am not being prayed for and held accountable, the money is worthless. On the other hand, prayer is not a currency accepted by any government I have heard of. 🙂 I would like you all to please pray for me while I am in ministry, and I would ask you also to pray about supporting me financially.
I will need to raise $600 a month, which will total $7200 for my first year in Mexico. This money will be used to cover my food and housing, health insurance, personal supplies, and transportation (including my drive down to Mexico, my drive up to La Sierra, as well as a trip out of Mexico every six months). Since I will be considered self employed, I will need to pay taxes on any support I receive –so I have built that into the $600 per month.
Thank you so much for all of your love and prayers!!!! Stay tuned for more news…
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Thank you very much for joining me in this mission! I am nothing more than a hand extended and I am only as strong as the body that sends me! ~1 Corinthians 12:12
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14