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Pastor Canseco and his family - Photo: Facebook / AlfLic Cruz
Pastor Alfrery and his family.
Photo: Facebook / AlfLic Cruz

Pastor Alfrery Líctor Cruz Canseco was waiting in his car following a church service on August 18th when he was shot without warning at point-blank range. The attacker attempted to escape, but members of the congregation were able to capture the gunman and hand him over to authorities. Unfortunately, Pastor Alfrery died while being transported to the local hospital.

Pastor Alfrery was the leader of the Fraternidad Cristiana church in the town of Tlalixtac de Cabrera in Oaxaca state. The motive behind the attack remains unknown. However, this killing comes amidst a series of attacks on religious leaders, often by criminal gangs. More details on the challenges encountered by Christians in southern Mexico, including previously posted reports, can be reviewed here.

Please remember to lift up Pastor Alfrery's wife, Rosita, and their children during this time of shock and grief. May his family, friends, and congregation find comfort in the knowledge that this beloved spiritual leader is now in the wonderful presence of his Saviour and Lord whom he so diligently served. Pray that the pastor's attacker will be confronted by the Holy Spirit for his sinful action and, as a result, come to a place of repentance and forgiveness in Christ.

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

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)

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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