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The persecution of evangelical Christians in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas is "accelerating daily in the indigenous regions" according to a February 9 report from Compass Direct. Alfonso Farrera from the National Bar of Christian Lawyers states that most of the problems stem from small town leaders insisting that evangelicals pay a share for the cost of local festivals which include ceremonies that are a blend of traditional native religions and Catholicism. If the evangelicals refuse, they are forced from their homes and their properties are confiscated.

On January 31, three evangelicals from the San Juan Chamula municipality were driving home when they were ambushed and shot at. All required hospitalization. Authorities concluded the raid was because of their faith. Also in January several families in the Los Pozos municipality of Huixtan had their water cut off and lost government assistance grants for religious reasons, according to Gomez Ton, representative of the Alas de Aguila denomination. Local leaders destroyed their water pipes and forbade believers to chop wood. Incidents where believers in Chiapas have been driven from their homes, imprisoned, threatened with hanging and given fines have also been reported.

Pray that the Christians in Chiapas will find a peace that passes understanding in the midst of this ongoing pressure (Philippians 4:7). Pray that these believers will be able to be a testimony of God's love and grace to those around them.

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Current Ministry Project

By supporting a field office in Mexico, VOMC is able to serve as a bridge between persecuted Christians residing within the country and fellow believers located in other parts of the world. The office in Mexico, which is prepared to respond to cases of persecution with spiritual support and humanitarian aid, also conducts training sessions for Mexican Christian leaders and teachers.

Project Fund: Relief and Development

Country Information

Population
130,207,371 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) (62), Predominantly Amerindian (21), Amerindian (7), other (10)

Religion (%)
Roman Catholic/Syncretism (78) Evangelical (11.2) unaffiliated (10.6)

Leader
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (2018)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system with US constitutional law influence; judicial review of legislative acts

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Mexico

Pray that the Christians residing within these regions will exemplify the grace of God toward those who oppose them. May these believers be further strengthened and encouraged to continue faithfully sharing the Gospel and demonstrating the love of Jesus. Ask the Lord to abundantly bless and multiply their efforts, resulting in a great harvest of lasting spiritual fruit in the lives of those within their communities and beyond – impacting the nation of Mexico as a whole.

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