Although RMC is involved with work in many different countries, our focus resides primarily within Mexico, Northern Africa, and Uganda.
In 2002, a short-term missions team from RMC was in Spain standing on the edge of the Rock of Gibraltar looking out across the Mediterranean Sea at the continent of Africa. Across the Mediterranean was the region of Northern Africa and in that moment God was speaking to the hearts of those peering across the water. The vision was not yet clear, but God was calling RMC to reach the people of this region.
As God began to reveal His plan, we learned that there are 4.5 million unreached Berbers who have never once heard or read the Gospel in their language. We now have two full time missionaries in Northern Africa dedicated to reaching the Berbers with the Gospel of Christ as well as partnerships with other like-minded missionaries, churches and organizations. God has plans to give this unreached people a hope and a future. It’s exciting to see how God is using our fellowship to spread His hope to the nations!
As we started to ask the Lord where else it was that He would have our fellowship make a long-term impact, God was faithful. He showed us that just across our border a work was waiting to be done. It’s a little known fact that in Mexico alone there are fourteen unreached people groups located in mountainous regions. These people are out of the reach of the gospel. It is a harsh reality for many, not knowing the truth, having no Bible to read in their language, no church to attend, and no believers with whom to fellowship. RMC is answering the cry of these people.
Though we already have missionaries working on the border, God has lead us to move into the interior of Mexico to seek out one of these precious people groups. Through a series of circumstances that were more than mere coincidence, God has brought into focus a quiet people living in the mountains of the Sierra Madre, the Tarahumara Indians. Numbering approximately one hundred thousand, there are few known pastors among them.
Over the last ten years there has been drought in the Sierra Madres causing thousands of the Tarahumara Indians to move out of the mountains and into the cities, specifically the city of Chihuahua. God has opened the door for a Calvary Chapel to be planted in Chihuahua with the specific vision to reach out to the Tarahumaras living in the city. It is our desire to see Tarahumaras saved, discipled, and sent back into the Copper Canyon to reach their own people. Our church plant in Chihuahua has more missionaries sent out from RMC than any other location. Currently there are three families and several other individuals from RMC living in Chihuahua and working on this church plant. The outreach arm of the church is an organization called Lightshine.
The mission of Lightshine is to adopt the Tarahumara communities throughout Chihuhua. There are approxiately 30,000 Tarahumara Indians living in about 30 communities. Since 2009, two communities have been adopted by three churches in the U.S. RMC adopted the Soledad community, where more than 80 children and their families are ministered to on a daily basis with food, Bible teaching, work projects, and medical assistance. Calvary Chapel Chihuahua and Lightshine pray that the other Tarahumara communities throughout Chihuahua will eventually be adopted by partnering churches in the U.S. Please continue to pray for the church plant, Lightshine, and the Tarahumara Indians.
In 2007 the Lord laid a burden on the hearts of RMC leadership for the people of Uganda, specifically the children who have been affected by the civil war in Uganda and in neighboring Sudan.
Would you pray as a body for unity in our efforts in Mexico, Northern Africa, and Uganda, as well as locally and nationally? Join with us as we fulfill all He’s put on our hearts as we continue to be available for His service.