Prayer Alert: Persecuted Evangelical Groups Marching in Chiapas October 31st

DSC_0040Photos from April 2014: March of Bible Heroes in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas; The children and teens of families persecuted for their faith and expelled from their communities had been invited to participate in a Childrens Day activity in the capital, and were prepared to express their thoughts and needs to government officials.  Some of the kids are members of groups that VOMC taped in December of 2009, for the Mexican Voices video.

DSC_0052 The Evangelical members of the communities of Chilil, Yashtinin and Buena Vista were present, marching in the Children’s Parade,  with the idea of sharing something of their testimonies and afterwards to speak with someone from the governor’s office about their situation.

Many of them have lost their schooling for several years… while they have also had to learn to speak Spanish and to accomodate themselves to a new urban culture.

DSC_0065 The government officials rejected abruptly the idea of receiving the children and youth, although they themselves are well known for their tendency for photo ops with kids in their publicity and campaigning: when it is convenient for them. One of the officials even commented that they could accuse the Evangelicals of manipulating the kids for their own agenda. 

Where is the so called respect or concern for the Children’s Declaration of Rights  when kids want to speak for themselves instead of waiting for politicians do it for them?

DSC_0082 Many of the young participants are now youth, and have been training as Sunday School Teachers or for VBS teachers in VOM Mexico’s program CAP / ED this past year.

They have proven themselves to be very capable, and having learned to speak Spanish are able to express their own needs!

DSC_0084 With this same voice and capacity they are able to share and teach the Word of God, sing to and praise the Lord, cry out about the injustices in their communities, and question the apathy of the government when it concerns the religious rights of Evangelical Indigenas.

This Friday the 31st of October, they will not be marching alone… they will be accompanied by their families, their churches, Pastors from the Chiapas Alliances, and their friends in Christ. 

Remembering the Day of the Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his theses to the doors of the Roman Catholic Cathedral almost 500 years ago, Evangelicals in Chiapas will march peacefully and respectfully, to draw the attention of a government which has in general not shown them much consideration or respect. And where the majority church has received preference where it should not.  And if the governor and his officials continue to ignore their cries, they will raise their voices on a  national level, and through their brothers and sisters in Christ on the international level in Mexico City next week, through those who are their voices where they have not been heard before.

They know that Almighty God hears them, and that He has no favorities, is not concerned about winning their votes, nor receiving gifts. They know He is not deceived , that He can not be bought, but that He is just and looks on them with affection, humble as they are, and understands their petitions to just return to their homes, to live and share their faith as it is their right.

The groups are carrying 12 municipal banners representing regions where religious persecution is still prevalent. And the Buena Vista group has decided to stay and camp out in front of the Governor’s mansion until he can give them a return date, or show reasonable progress in a supervised return to their community. Their decision is based on increased agressions suffered in the past few weeks from their community authorities and the obvious interference and colusion of government officials with them.

Please keep all in your prayers: the persecuted, the government officials and the community authorities themselves.

 

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Las Margaritas, Chiapas: Let the Little Children Come unto Me…

DSC_0093Introducing kids to the persecuted church in nearby communities through testimonies, songs, games, and puppets. The kids here sent drawings with encouraging words to another group who were expelled from their community and to others in Colombia, also from a persecution background.

DSC_0161Pastor Rene Aguilar with family …

Pastor F (2)Participation of kids in improvised dramas from the VOM Jesus Freaks book…

Pastor F (3)One young man from Chiapas who told me that he had a burden for the kids in Pakistan… so we gave him the bracelet to remind him to pray for them, their families and the country of Pakistan itself. Children take a prayer burden seriously, only God knows why this young man feels a personal connection with the kids of Pakistan. Please keep him, his family, Pastor Rene, and all the children here in prayer.

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.