The Real Wall Dividing Christians in Mexico

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.

Please Pray:

  • 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.
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Open Doors raises awareness of religious intolerance

Open Doors has been working to advocate on behalf of individual persecuted believers in Mexico, as well as raising awareness of persecution in Mexico on a broader level. In March, the First International Forum on ‘Religious Persecution and its challenges’ – aimed at raising awareness about the ongoing religious intolerance in different Mexican states – was sponsored by Open Doors.

At the forum, the National Council for Religious Tolerance was launched: an initiative by Open Doors and other charities to promote religious freedom for all faiths in Mexico. As a result, concerns about the ongoing religious intolerance were voiced in the Mexican Congress.

Christian MP Hugo Eric Flores addressed the Mexican Chamber of Deputies (House of Representatives) and denounced the religious intolerance in the country. “This was a historic public statement, because it was the first time that the issue of religious intolerance has been formally condemned in a plenary session of the Mexican Congress,” said an Open Doors source.

Please pray that the plight of believers suffering due to religious intolerance in Mexico would continue to gain coverage in the Mexican Congress.

Answered prayer update: Praise God that three Azerbaijani Christians have been conditionally released in Iran, after being arrested in June! Thank you for praying for them – please continue to uphold these men and their families in your prayers.

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With many thanks for your prayers,

Lisa

Lisa Pearce
CEO Open Doors UK & Ireland

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geoffreymkeyte

I am an author and broadcaster. In January 2013 I very nearly died but our Father God healed me and I am still alive to tell the tale! I have written/edited several books about the Bible, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. My future ministry is focused on outreach. I do not just want to preach to the converted but to many people 'out there' who do not know Jesus as their Saviour and who are in great need of His love and compassion. Praise be to the Lord our God, our Heavenly Father

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