Oaxaca is located in Southwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Guerrero to the west, Puebla to the northwest, Veracruz to the north, Chiapas to the east. To the south, Oaxaca has a significant coastline on the Pacific Ocean.
The state is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures. The most numerous and best known are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs, but there are sixteen that are officially recognized. These cultures have survived better than most others in Mexico due to the state's rugged and isolating terrain.
MVC has been working in Oaxaca for many years. Ellie and Lila Quezada and their six children have served faithfully for 15 years ministering.
Ellie manages a recording studio, in which he and five other audio technicians record the New Testament and Old Testament as well as dubbing the Jesus film in the 120 local languages in Oaxaca area. Local pastors the distribute these recordings on solar powered radios. Together, God’s word is changing lives!
Lila, along with other locals, began a birthing center ministry to directly impact the lives of women and families.
Why does Oaxaca need a Christian birth center?
Many thousands of people in Oaxaca remain isolated from medical care, and even those who have access to government-staffed clinics often receive inadequate care. Women giving birth within the government medical system are often subjected to trauma through complete isolation from friends and loved ones, racial prejudice, over-crowded conditions, and highly interventionist obstetric policies.
There are 19,000 births still taking place annually in Oaxaca outside of health centers and hospitals. What is lacking is a Christian approach to pregnancy and childbirth. A birth center will not just duplicate the medical approach of the local hospitals, but will honour God as the Creator and Sustainer of our bodies. It will model the love of Christ in the context of loving and receiving little children. It will demonstrate how the Good Shepherd ‘gently leads those that are with young.’ It will provide biblical education and resources not just for pregnancy and childbirth- but also for marriage and parenting. The gospel will be presented both ‘overtly’ and ‘covertly’ – both in word and in deed.
Casa Compasiva will work to provide a safe, natural birth environment that is respectful of the Oaxacan people while utilizing essential midwifery and medical knowledge to provide quality care and to save lives.
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