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A pastor prays for members of his congregation in the Chiapas region of Mexico where Christians face hostility from rebel groups.

On March 29th, Pastor Pedro Vazquez was abducted for several days from his village in Chiapas by a violent group known as Chinchulines. During Pastor Pedro's confinement in a nearby village, his family and members of the church congregation were very concerned for his safety.

Pastor Pedro works in an area where pastors and Christian workers have been threatened with death; and evangelical believers are often expelled from their communities, resulting in the loss of land, homes and crops. A previous report on persecution in Chiapas may be reviewed here. (Also note the informative video documentary that's available on the top right-hand side of the same web page.)

While we can praise God for Pastor Pedro's safe release, please intercede for him and his church, as well as others who are working in areas hostile to the Gospel. May these believers be further strengthened and encouraged to continue faithfully sharing God's Word 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 from their communities and beyond -- impacting the nation of Mexico as a whole.

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

Population
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)

Leader
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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