A series of scripture based conferences is giving Indigenous women in Mexico the opportunity to find their voices, defend their rights, and become full participants in their churches and communities.
About this Mission Project
Despite being a “young” country” with 50% of its population under the age of 25, attitudes toward women in Mexico are slow to change. Women in rural areas are ill equipped to participate in and cope with the realities of a migratory world.
“Protected” by the men and taught to be silent in public, they are often left behind by their men, or find themselves forced to migrate in search of work to provide for their families putting them at risk for exploitation like human trafficking.
A pilot scripture based project has shown promise in helping women find their voices in church and in their communities. Women working with women, sharing vital information and developing the skills and self-confidence they need to participate in dialog and decisions and defend their rights.
- $100 pays for 10 women to attend a conference.
- $250 covers 85% of the cost of a conference.
- $500 pays for 2 of the 18 planned conferences.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $ 4,500 in the next two years to cover the logistical costs of three women’s conferences in each of six regions in Central and SE Mexico - total of 18 conferences. While most of the presenters will give their time voluntarily, help is needed to cover the cost of travel to the isolated rural communities where conferences will be held. The project will be coordinated by the Council of Indigenous Campesino Evangelicals of Mexico with the support of the Baptist Seminary of Mexico and directed by Prof. Olivia Juarez. It is expected that these conferences will train future church leaders, thus impacting more than 300 women, 300 men and over 1,000 children.
Connect to this Mission Project
- Pray with Chuck & Ramona Shawver and their partners in Central & SE Mexico that the Women Finding Their Voices Project will empower women to learn, participate in dialog and decisions, and understand and protect their rights.
- Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
Volunteers who could come for 3 months to a year would be helpful. A single or couple would be well received.