Simple Gestures Open Doors to Gospel

Mandy Wells prepares “memelas” (small tortillas brushed with bacon grease) with some national friends in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Sharing a meal or inviting someone into your home for coffee or water shows hospitality in this city of about 300,000. Though simple gestures, they create opportunities to establish friendships with indigenous people and share about Jesus Christ.

Wells and husband Jim are missionaries in an area of Oaxaca (pronounced wah-hah-cah). The couple and their 2 young children have been there 16 months.

“One thing that we really try to do is build friendships,” Mandy Wells said. “Whether people come to Christ or not after having heard the gospel, we will still be their friends and continue investing in their lives. . . . Simply spending time really getting to know people opens the doors for us to share the gospel with those around us.”

Although the nationals often mix religions and practices (idol worship, animal sacrifice, etc.), the majority of them know about Jesus Christ. Yet “they have no understanding of the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection,” Mandy Wells explained.

Language presents another barrier. Multiple languages are spoken and each may have numerous dialects.

“You can go to 1 village that speaks 1 dialect of a language and then go 5 minutes down the road to another village that supposedly speaks the same language and they won’t be able to understand each other because the dialects are so different,” Mandy Wells said. “This makes it very hard to get the gospel in people’s heart language.”

Nonetheless the simple acts of building relationships are being blessed. “Our efforts have resulted in some great friendships . . . that are allowing us to share the gospel weekly and . . . opening the doors to the rest of the community where we are working,” she said.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for more nationals in Oaxaca to understand Who Jesus Christ really is.
  • Pray for more opportunities to share the gospel with those who have never truly heard what the good news is.
  • Pray for wisdom for the Wellses in seeking opportunities to present the gospel.

Leigh Pritchett lives in the southeastern United States, a vast missions field. 

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