High in the remote Sierra Madre Mountains in the Mexican state of Nayarit are the villages of the Cora. In 1962 Cecil and Faye Byers were the first to land their Cessna airplane on the high mountain meadow of Santa Teresa.
It was a great honor and responsibility to introduce the Gospel to these beautiful people. Soon there were frequent flights to the additional villages of Jesus Maria, La Mesa de Nayar, and beyond. Cora leaders asked Cecil to fly a crippled girl, who had been operated on, back home to her village of Gavilanes in order to avoid a three-day mule ride. Cecil agreed, but only if the men would move boulders and smooth out ditches to make room for the Cessna to land. This was the start of not only helping in the spiritual but in the material.
Fast forward to today and there are now many believers meeting in these villages. Dirt roads and trails tie them together.
Maranatha Ministries’ Project: Good News for Every Cora Village has trained, equipped, and is providing for small Cora teams to go out to neighboring villages, sometimes traveling hours by truck or mule. New believers have been baptized, and these growing fellowships are being nurtured within their own culture.
Several times per year we can travel to the mountains to visit, teach, encourage, and help in many practical ways to meet needs. These have included tools for self-sufficiency, musical instruments, warm clothing and blankets, outfits for infants and toddlers, and help in urgent life situations.
This trust and friendship built upon through the years continues to be a great honor and responsibility. For those who have prayed and helped financially: Thank you!