Mexico: No Turning Back
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When fifteen families told area guerrilla leaders of their desire to seek God, the leaders kicked them out of their village in Chiapas, Mexico. The families slept in a stable for over a year until recently, when they moved into simple new homes.
When the families told the Zapatistas guerrillas that their old religious ways weren’t enough for them and that they were seeking God, the armed guerrillas immediately forced the families get out of the village and leave behind all their belongings. Though the families had nowhere to go and nothing to eat, the Zapatistas would not allow anyone to help them.
The rebel group sees themselves as the protectors of the indigenous people of Chiapas. They control everything from land ownership to religious practices, which in this region are a syncretistic combination of Mayan rituals and Catholic practices. They view evangelicals with disdain.
VOM partners pray with the evicted families
When she heard about the families, “Ruth,” a VOM partner, fasted and prayed and then she went to find them. They had been without food or water for over three days. When she arrived, she saw the guerrillas, but no one tried to stop her. As she gave the families food and water, they were so hopeless that they wouldn’t even look in her eyes.
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Pakistan: Threatened for Evangelism
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Pastor "Azhar" has faced severe persecution for his outreach to Muslims