September 26, 2019
The Next Language 9, “Mexico Language Count”
It was my joy to be with the Mexican team last week. They operate as Buenas Nuevas de Mexico. They had come together for a spiritual retreat and to discuss the future advance of the gospel to the many tribes in Mexico. They are probably our most active center, as far as distribution goes, in reaching indigenous speakers in the more than 300 languages spoken in that country.
It is apparent that the CD is nearing the end of its usefulness and the question arose, “What comes next?” The answer seems to be the wireless transfer of gospel messages to personal cell phones and active engagement on social media. Statistics document close to one cell phone for every person in Mexico. One worker has engaged over 1000 “friends” in the Trique language by targeting them on Facebook both in Mexico and as far away as Alaska. We need many more such dedicated gospel marketers.
I went to Mexico with information indicating there were 55 languages yet to be recorded. Data from the Mexican team indicated over 100 unrecorded languages but they also showed that 12 languages on our unrecorded list already had audio scripture translations. So, we are looking at a minimum of 80 languages that are still waiting. The team in Mexico has asked the Lord for four new recordists to help Chuy and Chucho (Jesús).
“Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
Larry DeVilbiss | Executive Director
Global Recordings Network USA