God Is Building the Mixtec Team

by the Wagoners

Teaming up for God's work

The Mixtec team is currently at the ABT base for Phase II Training, the last phase of training before heading to the field. Some of the topics of discussion for these few weeks together include: team dynamics, missionary formation, vision and strategy development, Bible translation issues, and indigenous church planting principles. We are learning about a wide variety of subjects, ranging from how to deal with team conflict to how to respond to crisis situations on the field. Our prayer is that God would take the diversity of giftings, interests and personalities represented within our team and unify us in the calling of making Christ know to the Mixtecs of Mexico.

Note: Although the Wagoner's have been in Mexico since 2015, they returned to join their new teammates for part of Phase II Training. The Hege family, sent by a church in Pennsylvania, and the Flory family, sent by the Wagoner's home church in Washington, plan to be in Mexico by the end of the year, Lord willing.

God at work in a Mixtec team mate

Our co-translator, a Mixtec man, is currently working at drafting the Gospel of Matthew in our absence. His joining the team has been a true answer to prayer, and we are amazed as we look back over the ways God has equipped him and propelled him toward the work of translation. Recently, he asked us if we are able to interpret dreams, and proceeded to share a dream he had the night before: “My wife and I were standing on a hillside, gathering wheat into bundles and tying them up. What does this dream want to say?” We replied that God is the one who interprets dreams, but at times He allows us to understand the interpretation. “Perhaps," we said, “the dream means that God has called you to share His Word with your people.”

It is exciting to see the Scriptures confronting some of this man's beliefs as He works with the Word on a daily basis. Whether he is on the edge of his seat and trembling with excitement as Jesus confronts a demon, or gasping audibly when Peter tells Cornelius not to worship him, as he is just a man, our co-translator is beginning to apply these truths to real-life situations that he faces on a daily basis. It presents a call to us, as those who have heard the Scriptures from little up, that we would receive the Word of God as those who are hearing it for the first time.

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  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10