Mexico (MNN) — A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude
struck the Oaxaca region of southeastern Mexico early Tuesday. The quake was
the strongest of the 40 in Chiapas this year.
The quake briefly cut off power in the Chiapas state
capital, and although the temblor
incited panic, Audio Scripture Ministries' Tom Dudenhofer says they dodged a
bullet this time. "The earthquake
epicenter was apparently several miles away from the area and in an area that
didn't have too much population. Under those circumstances, the good news is
that there are no immediate reports of serious damages or injuries."
Though their partners felt the tremors, their work has not
been interrupted. Dudenhofer says, "Audio Scripture Ministries helps the
partners that we have in the Oaxaca area with some of the production and
processing of audio files of translations that are being recorded. I think that
it would be good if people continued to pray for the distribution of these
languages that are taking place in that area."
Over the years, ASM has been making inroads in many of the
rural areas throughout Mexico. For most
of these people they're reaching, listening to the Good News on cassette will
be the only way that they will ever have access to it.
According to ASM, the written translation of the New
Testament can take more than 20 years to complete, but 99% of the people
groups will not be able to read it. A
recording of that New Testament can be finished within 3 months, and the entire
people group, young and old, will be able to hear God speak to them in their
Dudenhofer urges prayer for groups like the Zapoteco of the
Yalalag language group. A translation was completed in November and is ready
Praise God and pray for those who will receive this
recording in their own heart language.