Mexico

From its very inception, the RCA's work in Chiapas has been related to the concern, vision, and invitation of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico. In recent years, the Mexican church, in partnership with the Reformed Church, has formed a special joint Commission for Mission in Chiapas. Each year this commission reviews the plans and projects of the various presbyteries and the missionaries related to them. The commission then helps to determine the priorities and strategies for mission work in Chiapas.

The RCA, in partnership with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, has developed the following long-range goals:
1. Leadership training in all the fields, leading to the eventual departure of missionaries.
2. Literature production in the various languages.
3. The training of medical personnel for the rural medical clinics.
4. Development of a fully accredited theological seminary.

The membership of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico in Chiapas exceeded the membership of the Reformed Church in America in the year 2000. Given the 10 to 12 percent annual growth rate of the church in Chiapas, the training of pastors will continue to be one of the top priorities. That percentage means approximately 18,000 new Christians per year. Most of the new converts have never read the Bible and must be discipled in the Christian life. Because a handful of missionary couples could not possibly disciple that many new converts, conducting rural evangelism, training national pastors, developing lay leaders, decentralizing missionaries, and encouraging the development of indigenous-run institutions is a crucial part of the work of the RCA in Chiapas. This strategy means that as the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico in Chiapas has grown and matured, it has become more self-sufficient. Only a few RCA missionaries remain in Chiapas to support the work of the church in leadership training, healthcare, and education.

Juan Kempers Seminary

In the 1920s, a new field of expansion opened in Chiapas with the help of missionaries John and Mabel Kempers of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The National Presbyterian Church in Mexico developed important evangelistic work in Chiapas, first among the Spanish-speaking population and then among the Mayan-speaking people in the 1950s. Today Chiapas is one of the strongholds of the National Presbyterian Church. The number of members of the National Presbyterian Church in Chiapas alone is greater than the total number of RCA members.

Paramedic Training in Chiapas

Licensed physicians are not usually available in Chiapan villages, so health workers assist at births. Most of the health workers have been taught to give injections and utilize intravenous techniques. A few perform simple external surgeries. They also connect villagers with government health workers and facilities, especially when hospitalization becomes necessary. The village health workers also are a spiritual arm of the church. They pray with patients, witness to the love of God, and help people recover from physical ailments and maladies.

Martha & Jaime Amaro

Martha and Jaime Amaro became Christians when they heard the gospel from a missionary. Now doing mission work themselves, the Amaros help the Presbyterian Church in Mexico by providing training workshops for the Children and Worship program. They have a vision to see the Children and Worship program in use throughout Mexico within three years. The Amaros also do translating work; they have been translating "Growing in the Faith" discipleship materials into Spanish, which are used to train church leaders. The Amaros have two children, Jaime Jr. and Alex.