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Zapoteco, Tejalapan in Mexico

Zapoteco, Tejalapan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,000 Zapotec, Tejalapan Christianity 96.00 % 0.90 % No No   

Zapoteco, Tejalapan in Mexico

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Introduction / History
In the southwestern Mexico mountainous sierras in the state of Oaxaca, the Zapoteco of Tejalapan have lived for a few thousand years. They are extremely remote and isolated due to the limited access through the barren valleys and steep rocky hills often covered with thick fog. It is difficult to pass through, especially during rainy season.

Where are they located?
Their villages are located 20 miles northwest of Oaxaca, Mexico in an isolated and remote mountain area.

What are their lives like?
There are several indigenous groups within this ethnic family which all speak different languages. Each group within this family speaks such different variations of a language that they can't understand each other completely.

If they don't speak Spanish it is hard to reach them. But more and more of the people are losing their language (second and third generation).

They are very family centered. The town is very welcoming and overall very hospitable.

What are their beliefs?
The church is very Catholic and they can be very aggressive to the point of violence against non-Catholics.

Their identity is Catholic. Being Catholic is not only a religious thing; it is also, and perhaps more importantly a cultural identification. The sign of Guadalupe is their identification. This depiction of Mary is of an indigenous woman and that is how they say Mary appears. She identifies with them.

What are their needs?
It is important to raise up leaders. It is important for missionaries not only to reach them but also to disciple them. There is too much emphasis on the initial evangelism task. They should actually do their own ministry because they are the ministers. There is much mentoring and training to be done.

Prayer Points
Pray they may come to know Jesus Christ as Savior.
Pray they may be lead into light of the Good News.
Pray for a missionary who can teach and guide them to Jesus.
Pray for the discipleship and education of women.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-05-11
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Country: Mexico
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
Persecution Rank:38 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Oaxaca state: Etla district, San Felipe Tejalapan.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Zapoteco, Tejalapan
People Name General: Zapoteco, Tejalapan
Alternate People Names:
Zapotec, Teotitlan del ValleZapoteco, Tejalapan, Etla, Oaxaca
ROP3 Code: 109954
Joshua Project People ID: 15346
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,000
Population all Countries: 7,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Zapoteco
People Name General: Zapoteco, Tejalapan
Ethnic Code: MIR37f
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zapotec, Tejalapan
Language Code (ISO): ztt    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Spanish (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity96.00 %(Evangelical: 0.90 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
COMIMEX Morelia Scale:Level 3   Converts, but no church gathering
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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