Missionary Couple Featured in Bible Society Article

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CHICAGO, IL (October 3, 2008) – During her 35 years of ministry, retired Evangelical Covenant Church missionary Marie Rojas and her late husband, Andrew, distributed more than one million bibles.

The American Bible Society, which supplied the bibles, features Marie in its current magazine, The Record.

The Rojases started a mission work in southern Texas, and their evangelistic efforts helped spawn churches throughout Mexico. In the 1940s, the Rojases partnered with pastor Levi Hagberg in LaVilla, Texas, the oldest Hispanic Covenant church.

The couple also focused much of their Mexico work in Reynosa and Monterey, using children’s ministry as a prime tool. Marie organized a six-year evangelization effort in Reynosa’s red-light district.

According to the Department of World Mission, the Rojases helped establish more than 40 churches along the Texas-Mexican border and in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Oftentimes the couple met with field workers in the evening and sang hymns around the campfire. Andrew played his guitar or coronet. Marie played her accordion.

On Sundays, the couple traveled from farm to farm to conduct worship services. Congregations began to form as people gave their lives to Christ, Marie says.

Andrew traveled 1,000 miles to Oaxaca to follow up with converts. Meanwhile, Marie stayed near the Texas-Mexican border. She taught, distributed vitamins and used clothing. And she delivered babies in the fields when needed.

The Rojases encouraged less drinking in town and many liquor establishments closed for lack of business following their arrival. Their work helped save the lives of many children because of improved medical care. Before the church was founded, about half of the babies in the area died before age one.

“I look back now and marvel at what God was doing,” Marie says. “We followed the Lord’s leading to be among (the people), to learn from them.”

The couple retired in 1988. Andrew died in 2004.

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