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Historic Time Line of Ministries in Mexico

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  • 1955 God led Cecil and Faye Byers and Mark and Twila Emmert, with their children, to go by faith Mexico to carry the gospel to those who had never heard.
  • 1955-1959 In the Santo Domingo valley, ministry consisted of going from ranch to ranch of the new homesteaders for nightly services, teaching and playing gospel records. In these four years two churches were built in the valley for the new Christians, who organized an association called Latin American Fellowship. This organization registered the churches and requested Cecil’s immigration status. An airplane was donated which made it possible to extend the mission to Todos Santos, Baja, and to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, on the mainland. Two times the Byers family had to give up their homes, which were built on loaned lots. They began looking for property to purchase for a more permanent home and base from which to work. La Paz was considered as a more accessible location.
  • 1959 God provided finances to purchase a 7-acre piece of property along the highway seven miles from La Paz. This property soon became a central meeting place for conventions, Bible School, and hosting Christians from the churches in the valley. The Byers family increased from two children to four: Dennis and Gwendolyn (Gwen), who arrived from Oregon; and Ricardo (Rick) and Lucinda (Cindy), who were both born in La Paz. The Mishler families from Oregon--Mel and Emily, son Bob and his wife Nellie--also moved to Mexico and worked with the Byers.
  • 1962 A Bible school was initiated on the property and Jack Fries, a young widower from Florida, became the director. Brother Mel Mishler and Francisco Barrios were teachers. The Byers decided to move to the mainland, where they could continue pioneering new outreaches while considering the family’s needs, which included better education for their children.
  • 1963-1967 Robert Clark from California opened an orphanage on the same property. At times there were forty children. Because of lack of personnel, the orphanage was closed in 1967.
  • 1962-1967 Cecil and Faye evangelized on the mainland, mostly in mountain villages only accessible by plane. The Fahndrich family worked with them in the coastal villages and in Tepic, the state capital of Nayarit, where they focused on prison ministry.
  • 1968 The Mishlers purchased property in Navajoa on the mainland on which to open a Bible school and church.
  • 1970 Cecil Byers had an accident and was killed while flying an agricultural plane in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 1972-1978 Faye Byers opened children’s and youth camps on the La Paz property and continued visiting the churches, both in the valley and on the mainland.
  • 1978 Faye married Ben Taylor from Bible Temple and assisted him as pastor in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
  • 1980-1985 Ben and Faye worked with the churches on the Mexican mainland.
  • 1978-1984 Bible Temple administered the camp and churches in Baja California.
  • 1999 Cindy and Jose Nuñez returned to La Paz and took over the responsibility of Campestre Maranatha.
  • 1985-2000 Ben and Faye Taylor ministered in Baja and improved conditions at Campestre Maranatha and legalized the opening of the camp for use by all Christian churches for their many activities. They also continued ministry trips to Nayarit.
  • 2002 Maranatha Ministries in Mexico became the official name of the mission.