Misión Mazahua stemmed from the desire to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to one of Mexico’s ethnic groups– you guessed it, the Mazahuas.

At the core, we believe that “every human need is a mission field.”

We don’t operate for profit, but we must generate an income to pay for our expenses. We work hard to be self-sufficient and not rely on donations. For example, we raise animals to sell and use the profit to pay our workers who care for the animals. We used a similar approach with Campamento Mazahua (the enterprise that manages our facility for events). We hire local folks to maintain our grounds, fix our infrastructure, run our kitchen, etc. We use the revenue of Campamento Mazahua to pay our workers. We sometimes don’t make enough and have to scramble to make ends meet, but we’ve not only survived but grown these almost five decades.

A few years ago, when Norberto took the job of a town’s councilor, for the first time, he had a regular income which greatly supported the working and ministry. For many months, his salary paid for the worker’s compensation because insufficient income was coming in from Misión Mazahua enterprises. However, Norberto’s involvement in local politics also brought adverse effects. Some supporters of Misión Mazahua did not think that entering into politics is something a missionary should do, so they stopped supporting. But he wanted to make a positive impact not just within the four corners of the Mazahua region but on the entire population of San Felipe del Progreso and even beyond. Perhaps this sounds like a pipe dream, or maybe he’s just a firm believer that with God, everything is possible –that same kind of faith that brought Norberto and Lisa to Hacienda de Tepetitlán. Both were in their mid-20’s when they started Misión Mazahua with the help of their families, friends, churches, and loyal and generous supporters. Now, as Norberto and Lisa are 68 years old, they are laying the foundations for Misión Mazahua to continue with outreach and ministry into the future.

Blessings to all!

Misión Mazahua, as disorganized as it may seem at times, has been around for almost five decades. This longevity is not because of us or because of what we’ve done. It’s because of who God is and what He has done despite us.

Lisa and Norberto Cortes

This pandemic has stretched us not just financially but mentally, emotionally, and physically. To say that we are struggling is an understatement. However, we know that we are not alone in this storm. Your encouragement and prayers have lifted our spirit. Thank you so much to those who have reached out and prayed for us. Misión Mazahua, as disorganized as it may seem at times, has been around for almost five decades. This longevity is not because of us (Lisa and Norberto) or because of what we’ve done. It’s because of who God is and what He has done despite us.

This mission has been instrumental in uplifting this Mazahua community and the lives of those who have visited this place. Mazahua Mission has given substantial support to students through the Scholarship and Discipleship Ministry since the beginning, and we have even sent students to higher education in the United States. We have given loans to small businesses and offered formal and non-formal education, including skills for making high-temperature ceramics, sewing, making high protein granola using amaranth (Mission Mazahua has introduced amaranth with its high- protein content as an alternative crop), new and environmentally friendly farming skills as well as animal husbandry workshops in carpentry, and more. We have provided wheelchairs and medical support and have built numerous cisterns as well as basic shelters. A CNN Hero of the Year awardee started as a volunteer at our mission before starting his own non-profit (hopefully, because we inspired him and not because of our inadequacy for which he had to compensate.) We’ve gone to other places to provide support, such as when the earthquake devastated Chiapas in 1983. We have taken folks to get their cataracts removed, we’ve opened up the site for equine therapy, and the list goes on.

We could not have done all these things without assistance from our family, friends, and supporters. Thank you for opening your hearts to the Mazahua people. Your support, big and small, has blessed many, and we hope that, in return, it has blessed you.

Again, thank you for your generosity and support.

Stay safe!


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging, real-life stress test for all of us, including here at Misión Mazahua. 

As most of you know, Campamento Mazahua helps provide the bulk of income for our expenses and continued operations at Misión Mazahua. Through this enterprise, we’ve employed several Mazahua workers and have provided physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial assistance to the community in and out of San Felipe del Progreso. However, due to the pandemic, we had to close Campamento Mazahua and make significant adjustments with its closure, including letting go of almost all our personnel and stopping our community outreach. Our skeleton crew helps ensure our animals are fed and safe, and our facilities are not entirely falling to pieces. We do not know how long before we can reopen our camp, but we are doing our best to keep our small team. These workers rely on their salary from Misión Mazahua to sustain their families. 

Please join us in praying for our Mazahua community during this trying time. We believe, “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV)

Thank you always for your continued support to Misión Mazahua for these many years. God has used you mightily to encourage, finance, and aid in many ways.

Let us choose to see and be the light for others in this time of darkness.