The real ‘wall’ dividing Christians in Mexico
As the eyes of the world focus on the USA’s new president-elect, Donald Trump, and whether he will follow-up on his pre-election speech to build a ‘wall’ between Mexico and the USA, many Mexican Christians are already suffering from an invisible, internal divide.
Christians who reject the country’s ‘traditional’ faith – a blend of indigenous beliefs and Catholic traditions – often face estrangement, imprisonment and forced displacement. Fernando and his family are amongst them.
Fernando’s decision to convert and preach the gospel eight years ago turned into a nightmare as he, his family and other converts in their town, faced years of systematic persecution. Then, earlier this year, they were all thrown out of their homes by the community authorities.
“We have to look for money so that we can afford to eat,” explains Fernando, whose family lost their lands and home when they were thrown out of their village.
So far this year, at least 380 people in Mexico have been registered as displaced by the Mexican Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) because of religious intolerance.
- For displaced believers, like Fernando, to know God’s protection and strength
- That the Mexican government will recognise the role that religious intolerance plays in their nation
- For Open Doors’ work as it supports and advocates for the rights of displaced believers in Mexico.