The Zapotecs, the largest indigenous people group cluster of Mexico, live primarily in the southern state of Oaxaca. This people group, however, reaches across much of Mexico. San Juan Guelavia is one of the many Zapotec languages.
Many Zapotecs are among the poorest of Mexico’s citizens. The primary sources of income are farming and various crafts such as pottery and weaving. Many still speak only their language not Spanish.
When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico in the 1500s, they set about to convert the indigenous peoples to Roman Catholicism. Rather than abandoning their own religion, many Zapotecs simply combined it with the new religion in a way that does not allow for the lordship of Jesus. Today, most Zapotecs profess Roman Catholicism, but also believe in spirits and myths. For example, Zapotecs claim that they originated from trees, rocks and even jaguars.
All Zapotec subgroups need to put Jesus Christ first in their lives. As it stands, they hold onto many traditional beliefs that hinder their relationship with the loving Savior.
Pray for audio helps such as gospel recordings, Christian radio and the JESUS Film in the San Juan Guelavia dialect.
Pray that they will allow Christ to set them free from paralyzing fear and bondage and make them alive in him.
Pray that soon there will be Zapotec disciples making other disciples for the glory of the Lord.
Scripture Prayers for the Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia in Mexico.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia|
|People Name in Country||Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia|
|Natural Name||San Juan Guelavia Zapoteco|
|Pronunciation||sahn hwahn gay-lah-VEE-ah sah-poh-TEH-koh|
|Alternate Names||San Juan Guelavia; Western Tlacolula Zapotec; Zapoteco de Guelavia; Zapoteco, Guelavia; Zapoteco, Guelavia, Tlacolula, Oaxaca|
|Population this Country||42,000|
|Population all Countries||45,000|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Oaxaca state: central. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley (42,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||zab Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1995-2009)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online Audio Scripture||Talking Bibles|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app (Wycliffe)||SIL|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Bible app direct APK download||SIL|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|