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!