November 2014: IDOP Around Mexico

This year we made a greater effort from our social network sites to promote IDOP: the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. We had saw a reach extended to various nations in Latina America from Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and around Mexico, including in the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Sonora to name a few. We are finding more and more Latinos are interested in Extreme Missions and the persecution in restricted or hostile areas. Many are paying close attention to reports about atrocities perpetrated against our Christian brethren, and the constant attacks against Christians in Nigeria, Pakistan, Siria and Irak in particular… and they want to know if what they are hearing is true or exaggerated… and how to respond. DSCF5324                            Villa Union Sinaloa… DSCF5346                            Mazatlan, Sinaloa DSCF4827                         Temas de IDOP 2014: Ten Misericordia sobre ellos Señor.

Enfoque en Siria; Las Jovencitas raptadas de Chibok, Nigeria; Irak; las familias de los jovenes deChibok; los niños y familias refugiados de Siria y Irak; Los encarcelados como Asia Bibi y Pastor Saeed; los que se sientan abandonados; Petra y los demas de Los LLanos en Chiapas; y los que no puedan adorar a Dios en iglesias, … por donde sean. DSC_0236Chiapas Mexico con Director Luis Herrera, Coordinadora Niños Valientes Lolita Hernandez y niños voluntarios. DSC_0168Eduardo Lopez de Buena Vista Grupo compartiendo en Iglesia Nazarena de Tuxtla Gutierrez. idop 3Equipo Voz de los Martires y afectados comparten sus propios testimonios en Tuxtla. idop 10 Prayer Points:

  • Concern and discernment on part of Latin American churches for their brethren who suffer for the sause of Christ.
  • Prayer and physical support for those brethren through organizations like VOM and missions.
  • For strenghth and grace of Spirit for those who personally experiment persecution for sharing and exercising their faith, to maintain their confidence and hope no matter what the cost, and in so doing win those to Christ who would persecute them.
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Voice of the Martyrs Mexico IDOP #1: Iglesia Nazarena in Tuxtla Gutierrez

IDOP #1:

Iglesia Nazarena Tuxtla Gutierrez

idop 4Eduardo Lopez, leader of Tojolobal group expelled from  their own community of Buena Vista Bauhuitz in las Margaritas more than 2 years ago, shares their testimony in the first IDOP of the month.  Among Eduardo’s group there are some 40 people, with the birth 2 weeks ago of a baby after the Evangelical march in the capital. They remain faithful and firmly committed to their God and trusting in Him for their needs, despite having been threatened, having their possessions taken away, and finally being expelled from their lands. They have been sheltered in the buildings of their mother church in Comitan, where a number of them have found work to sustain their families, and where they have begun evangelizing others… for example through organized hospital visitation.

idop 3 On the 31st of this past October over 1000 Evangelicals marched in support of the persecuted Body of Christ in Chiapas, and when the government refused to attend to their situations, various groups stayed and set up camp in front of the Governor’s office in the park. There are now some 150 there, receiving support and encouragement from the regional Body of Christ…  drawn to the park to meet and fellowship with them.

idop 5The tiny Julia of Chilil, with Martha translating for her… both expelled from their community. Julia is a great woman of Christ with a heart on fire for sharing the Gospel and living her faith. No renuncio a mi Cristo / I will not renounce my Jesus, she said. when she was beaten, threatened with loosing all they had worked for, and finally was expelled with her family, a group of 30 in November 2009.

idop 10Maria Dolores Hernandez Bonifaz, Coordinator of the Kids of Courage program of VOM Mexico  organized and presented the first IDOP of 2014 with the special attendance of the Body of Christ persecuted in Chiapas Mexico. They represent the groups from Buena Vista Bauhuitz, Chilil, Mariano Matamoros, and Union Juarez. They are from both different regions and ethic groups, two of which are non Indigena Meztizo Mexicans.

Maria Dolores, better known for her Mexican diminuitive of Lolita, was assisted by her two adolescent sons… Isaac and Benji presenting VOM as a ministry in Mexico.

Lolita said afterwards:

“Praise the Lord, it was a great blessing for us having the opportunity to present Voice of the Martyrs as a ministry, especially accompanied by several of our brethren who are actually part of the persecuted Body of Christ here in Chiapas. Their opportunity to share their testimonies makes the IDOP more personal, knowing their brethren are camped out here in the capital, in front of the Governor’s office. They have shared their gratitude with God, knowing that He will respond to their petitions.  Their faith is unbreakable and tested, an example of their love and committment to their Lord and His for them. They understand that their time here is temporary, and pray that the Lord give them understanding, wisdom and patience  during this time… while hoping that the authorities will respond according to the laws that are established by the Mexican Constitution to guarantee their freedom to practice their religion.

The Nazarene Church expressed both its appreciation to VOM for its work, and its concern for the persecuted brethren who are so close… but until now, unknown to them.

We lift in prayer:

  • the groups who are camped out in the capital, waiting on those government officials who are appointed to attend them
  • the authorities in their communities who have rejected them for their Evangelical faith
  • and the petitions for other nations around the world where religious persecution exists.

 

IDOP / DOMIP Mexico: Link in the Chain

Presenting part of the persecuted Body of Christ in Mexico, along with those who been not just voices, but also hands and feet in serving them in prayer, activism, humanitarian aid, spiritual and emotional counseling and encouragement, and through the programs that VOM has presented through the VOM Missions in Costa Rica, the USA, Canada and the national office of VOM Mexico since 2009.

If you look closely you will meet families and their kids, pastors and leaders involved at one time or another, national and international activists and journalists, international legislators and Heroes of the faith in their own countries. The Mexican states of Chiapas, Chihuahua, Baja California, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Tabasco, and the Federal District are represented and the countries of Costa Rica, Peru, United States, South Korea, China and Puerto Rico. In all, an interesting coming together of the Body of Christ to encourage, support and fellowship with the persecuted brethren in Mexico… a small part of the larger international Persecuted Body of Christ.

Enjoy, remember them in your prayers, and those who respond to their needs of whatever nature.

The music is from the VOM USA Vacational Bible School Pack, which we have been using bit by bit, and hope to begin translating into Spanish for our use in Mexico and Latin America.

IDOP / DOMIP Kids of Courage Mexico: Stand Firm in the Faith / Firmes en la Fe

Featuring our little brethren and their families…persecuted in Mexico since 2007 to date… From the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Hidalgo, standing firm in the faith, even as little ones, precious to their Lord Jesus, trusting in Him.