What We Do?
At Mexico Medical Missions we labor in an area with immense physical need.
There is a mural on the wall of the Mexico Medical Missions hospital. The scene shows a lamb, struggling, inches from death on a steep precipice. But there is also a shepherd with strong, gentle hands reaching out…
Here at Mexico Medical Missions we reach out to a people struggling on the edge of life and death. Day by day, we treat the diseases and afflictions of the indigenous population of the northern Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
We’re dedicated to help the tribal groups in the Sierra Madre.
Mexico Medical Missions focuses primarily on the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. 100,000 Tarahumaras inhabit the mountains and valleys of the “Copper Canyon” region of the State of Chihuahua. The Tarahumara are a study in contrasts. They are the world’s greatest ultramarathoners and bear themselves with pride and dignity unique to Native Americans; but they are also among the poorest people groups in Mexico and suffer from high infant and maternal mortality rates, lack of economic opportunity, and oppression by the drug cartels which control their native homeland.
The Tarahumara are animists and believe in a remote and capricious creator god while paying homage to the lesser spirits that inhabit their forest and directly affect the welfare of their families, livestock and crops. Paradoxically, they believe that their god chose them as his special people, but that this “honor” also means that they are relegated to a life of poverty and suffering. The Tarahumara even fear the rainbow, which they believe steals their children.
Animism breeds a sense of hopelessness and pessimism. But we tell them about an all-powerful Creator God who loves them and cares for their welfare.