Our ministry is founded and driven from our main church. The Grand Vision Baptist Church is located in Bocoyna, Chihuahua, Mexico. Bocoyna is a small town located in a mountainous region of northwest Mexico which is home to many indigenous tribes including Tarahumara, Pima, Mayo, Huichol, Huasteco, Tepehuan, Cora, and Kiliguas. From the church, we have established three primary ministries focused on spreading the Gospel and leading lives to the Lord. Our ministries begin by educating children from the area in our Christian Schools. Our Bible Institute helps form future servants, many of whom have started, and are actively serving the Lord full-time in Missions in nearby communities.
Our Christian School program is fundamental to our ministry here in Mexico. Most children in the region are not properly educated by the government. This provides us the opportunity to provide them with a quality, Christian-focused education. Our Christian School program is for Middle School and High School children. Each student receives housing and three meals per day as part of their education.
Approximately 10,000 students have come through our Christian School. Although most of the students have come from the surrounding communities, we have educated children from many parts of the country. About 80% of them have accepted Christ as their Savior, and approximately 60% of them were baptized. Brother Carlos Madrigal serves as the Director of Education for our Christian Schools. His wife Belem teaches in the school as well.
Our Bible Institute is our primary ministry focused on building future servants for Christ. Established in the mid 1980’s, the Bible Institute has graduated hundreds of people now serving the Lord in full-time ministry. Some of the graduates continue to reside in our campus and serve the Lord in many capacities including Christian Education, while others now serve Him full-time in the mission field. Graduates from the institute are serving as Pastors, Missionaries and Christian workers throughout Mexico. Some of our graduates are working among indigenous tribes mentioned above.
Missions are the cornerstone of our ministry. We continue to take the Gospel to the indigenous tribes in the Northwest mountains of Mexico. Two of our early missions are now organized into self-supporting churches. The Garden of Gethsemane Baptist Temple in San Juanito, Chihuahua was organized as a church in 2012. Pastor Angel Ochoa and his wife Adriana are doing a great job furthering God’s work in the region. The Cuauhtemoc Baptist Church led by Pastor Oscar Maya was organized in December of 2011. Both of these churches are led by graduates from our Bible Institute.
Today, we support four missions within 150 miles of our main campus in Bocoyna. They include the missions in Panalachi led by Missionary Mario Zavala, Natahuachi led by Eliezer Martinez, La Junta led by Eber Martinez and Kipor led by Bonifacio Gonzalez. All four of these missionaries are graduates of our Bible Institute.
The Panalachi Baptist Mission is located in the small town of Panalachi in the state of Chihuahua. The mission resides about 25 miles from our campus. The mission was started in 2012 and is led by Brother Mario Zavala and his wife Angelica, both graduated from our Bible Institute in 2011. The Tarahumara Indians are the primary inhabitants in the area. We purchased land in 2012 and built a home for the Zavala’s that also doubles as a church building. The congregation began building a church facility there in 2017.
The Natahuachi Baptist Mission is one of our newest missions and was founded by Eleazar Martinez, son of our Pastor Jose Martinez, and graduate of our Bible Institute. The town of Natahuachi is located in the state of Chihuahua about 20 miles south of Bocoyna. We have purchased land and began the construction of a church building in 2017. The Lord has blessed this mission with great attendance and an abundance of enthusiasm.
The Ebenezer Baptist Mission in La Junta, Chihuahua was founded in 2017 by Brother Eber Martinez and his wife Vickie. Brother Eber is son of our Pastor Jose Martinez. The mission is located about 60 miles north of Bocoyna. The Lord led us to purchase land in the city in 2017 and we have erected a church facility there. The attendance has been steadily growing. Please keep Brother Eber Martinez, his wife Vickie and the mission in your prayers.
Brother Bonifacio Gonzalez began the Kipor Baptist Mission in 2013. Brother Bonifacio and his wife Adriana currently work among to the Mayo and Pima tribes in the area. The mission is located in the town of Kipor which is in the state of Sonora. Sonora is adjacent to the state we are in, Chihuahua. The town is located about 150 miles northwest of Bocoyna.