Ysleta Lutheran Mission is truly blessed with a geographic location and a largely bilingual staff that make international ministry not only a possibility, but a reality. We currently work directly in ten communities in Mexico (not to mention the impact made indirectly through partnerships with Mexican non-profits and government agencies.)
Six of them are located in and around Cd. Juarez, just across the border from El Paso. El Paso and Juarez share a one-of-a-kind border and together constitute an enormous metropolis with an international border fence running through the middle. Two cities share more than a mountain valley. They share customs, traditions, languages, cuisine, and a deep need for a Savior. For the past several years, Juarez has been the battleground of rival drug cartels warring over prized trafficking routes into the United States, but YLM has continued to be a presence of mercy throughout. We strive to be Christ’s light during this critical time in the history of the borderland, shining brightly to the over two million people whose lives have been blackened by violence and corruption.
Mexico Border Communities & YLM affiliates:
- Colonia Torres del Pri (Juarez): Santisima Trinidad Lutheran Church
- Colonia San Francisco (Juarez): Children’s Outreach
- Colonia Kilometro 30 (Juarez): San Pedro y San Pablo Lutheran Mission
- Rancho Anapra (Juarez): San Lucas Lutheran Church
- Rancho Anapra (Juarez): Sin Paredes Lutheran Mission
- Juarez: Cristo Rey Lutheran Church
The remaining four are located further south, in:
- Chihuahua City: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
- San Lorenzo: San Esteban Lutheran Mission
- Sicachique: Nueva Esperanza Lutheran Mission
- Janos: Family Outreach
Chihuahua City can be reached easily by a 5-hour coach bus ride and also boasts an international airport; the others are higher up in “the Sierra” (a mountain range), and can only be reached by a bumpy ride on the back of a flatbed! The population in these areas is heavily influenced by the Tarahumara Indian tribe–another reminder that God loves ALL His people and wants ALL to come to a knowledge of Him! YLM also has a relationship with the people in the village of Janos, although it has yet to become a full-fledged mission site.
Please consult the “Mexico” drop-down menu to read up on the dynamic work that God is doing through His humble servants in each of these unique places!
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