Revised November 2014: Actual Situation in Mexico to Date
There are a number of families that are still living in government shelters after having been expelled from their communities in 2009 and through 2014 without resolution, or a serious government attempt to attend to their cases; there are over 50 - 70 cases are documented just in the southern state of Chiapas: including those of Chilil, Los Llanos, Matamoros, and Union Juarez. There are evangelicals under siege in many communities in Zapatista autonomous zones in Las Margaritas, Ocosingo, San Cristobal and the Chiapas Highlands areas. The families of Evangelical prisoners from the Acteal case rejoiced for the release of some of their men in 2009, 2010, and recently in 2014, but are still waiting for the Supreme court to release the remaining in prison. Drug cartel violence in the northern states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas has extended throughout Mexico to Michoacan, Guerrero, and though the southern states, into Central America. In 2011, 3 foreign missionaries were killed, and from December of 2010 to June of 2011 3 Evangelical s were murdered in Chiapas. Please keep Mexico in your prayers, and Be A Voice for those who don't have one wherever and whenever you can.
Sep 22, 2010
Pastor Miguel and his congregation were harrassed and threatened by the community leaders in San Gregorio, Huixtan, Chiapas for months. They refused to pay for and participate in the Catholic religious festivals. For those crimes the leaders decided to cut their water and electricity. As if that wasn't bad enough, a delegation of 200 screaming, machete brandishing neighbors went to their houses, and after cutting water and lights, decided to tear down the houses. That was more than some of the familiy members could bear. Several Christian members took out their rifles and started shooting in the air to disperse at mob. In the end about 8 of the attackers had been wounded. The Christians fled, and the delegation started a search for any evangelical they could lay their hands on to accuse them of attempted murder. 2 are jailed, 4 fled, and the guilty members were never detained. But no one ever thought to charge the mob with any crime... Their families are also displaced persons now.
Almost a year now... displaced persons in Mexico por their faith. Threatened, harrassed, and physically manhandled. Lost a year of schooling, their jobs, possessions, house, their fields, and their crops... and are still waiting for the Mexican governement to enforce its own constitution! Freedom of Religion.