“Northern Mexico’s Tarahumara are world renowned ultra long distance runners. Their estimated population of 120,000 is less than 2% Evangelical Christian.
Pressured by drought, drug cartel violence, and over-all poverty, and pulled by the lure of opportunities in nearby cities, more than half of the Tarahumara have left their traditional life in the Sierra Madre Mountain range, and have ventured to face new challenges pursuing their culture. But the cities have proven dangerous; Tarahumara find themselves marginalized, begging, with uncertain employment opportunities. Physical and sexual abuse are widespread. Drugs and alcohol are rampant.
But God is moving! Through LightShine, hundreds of Tarahumara lives have already been changed. Some for all of eternity!” Read More…
Our vision is for Tarahumara children to be Born Again to a Living Hope, intensively discipled during adolescence, and to grow into adults that are radical Christians who take the love of Christ to their own nation.
We’re an after-school child sponsorship program focused on Tarahumaras in Chihuahua City integrating Bible teaching, social-emotional worldview change, nutrition, and leadership development. We disciple children into adulthood; opening doors to their families, their colonias, and their nation.
We began in 2009 and after 2 years the first Tarahumara church El Alfarero (The Potter) was planted through LightShine. God quickly matured and blessed El Alfarero, and we’re now partners in bringing the Gospel to the Tarahumara through LightShine and church-planting.
We’ve strategically developed ministries and partnered with ministries to meet the wide spectrum of challenges facing the Tarahumara nation. This ecosystem of solutions includes addiction recovery, Christian foster-care, indigenous leadership development, and higher education.
We’d love for your church to partner with LightShine! Your church can come behind a Tarahumara Colonia and Make a Difference!
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Your funds will fuel the outreach to the Tarahumara Nation in Chihuahua, Mexico.