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VOM Canada is pleased to be partnering with The Voice of the Martyrs Mexico in the printing and distribution of new Spanish Christian training materials. In fact, this month began the nationwide distribution of a very special book, Estando en la Sombra de la Cruz. (A total of 10,000 copies have recently been printed of the first edition.) It's designed to be used as the basis of in-country training sessions that will be presented throughout Mexico.

This simple yet condensed training manual has been based on the internationally recognized writings of VOM Canada's former CEO, the late Glenn Penner, whose foundational "theology of persecution" message was initially published in the book, In the Shadow of the Cross. The new Spanish edition of the manual includes several inspiring testimonies representing Christian persecution in the Mexican state of Chiapas, practical encouragement for those experiencing tremendous challenges because of their faith, and a call for the Mexican church to remember the persecuted brothers and sisters of their country and around the world. (More about persecution in Mexico can be reviewed here.)

In reference to the launch of the new Spanish edition, VOM Canada's VP of International Ministry and Operations, Anthony Rhodes, states: "We are privileged to be working with faithful partners like The Voice of the Martyrs Mexico in the advance of the Gospel. It is our hope and prayer that this manual will encourage and equip the Mexican church to a strong, passionate and active faith."

Thank the Lord for overseeing and blessing the work of translating, editing and printing the new Spanish training manual, "Estando en la Sombra de la Cruz." Ask Him to now grant great wisdom to the various ministry teams that will be travelling throughout Mexico to teach this highly effective ministry material. May the Lord keep them safe as they journey across the country, powerfully presenting His Word for today's church so that others will be fully trained and equipped to fulfill the call of God on their lives (Hebrews 13:14).

If you're interested in learning more about the study book, In the Shadow of the Cross, which is printed in English, please visit our online store.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC helps to provide a bridge between persecuted Christians in this area of the country with fellow believers in other parts of the world through the support of a Field Office. The base is prepared to respond to cases of persecution with spiritual support and humanitarian aid, and train leaders and teachers.

Project Fund: Relief and Development

Country Information

125,959,205 (July 2018 est.)

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

Religion (%)
Roman Catholic/Syncretism (82.7) Evangelical (6.6) other (10.7)

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

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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  • Christians Expelled and Homes Destroyed
    Believers who were previously displaced.
    Believers in Chiapas routinely face opposition for their faithfulness to Christ.

    Evangelical Christians in the San Cristóbal municipality of Chiapas State have faced opposition from other villagers for several years. In May 2016, 84 homes in the area were looted and partially destroyed, forcibly dis

  • Pastor Shot and Killed
    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 captu

  • Two Missionaries Expelled

    A city in Mexico

    Two missionaries with Christian Aid Mission went to serve amongst the Triqui people of Oaxaca, Mexico, several years ago. Because the village had restrictions on expressing religious beliefs, the women knew they would need to be accepted by the community before sharing their faith in Christ. Therefo

  • Forcible Displacements of Families
    Sunset in India

    Multiple expulsions of religious minorities from Tuxpan de Bolaños, located in Mexico's Jalisco State, have led to the forcible displacement of 64 men, women and children from the Huichol indigenous group on December 4th because of their religious beliefs. The outcasts were violently removed from th