In 1991, the YWAM base of El Paso/Juárez sent Henk and Edith Kaemingk to the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, northern Mexico, to live with a Tarahumara Indian family in the small indigenous community of San Luis Majimachi. This family had asked for someone to come to teach them the Bible.

After a few years some members of this community became Christians. During this time, YWAM became aware of the need in this region for a ministry location to support the small local churches and groups of believers.

As a result, in 1994 the construction began in Creel of what is now called the Sierra Tarahumara Christian Center. Creel was chosen for its good accessibility and its central location in the Sierra Tarahumara.