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.

Jul 13, 2014

VOMC / VDLM-VOM Compassionate Response: Goats or Sheep?

People always ask what they can do to help their persecuted brethren... and how to do that from a distance. So many post on our published testimonies on Facebook or prayer alerts, "the only thing we can do is pray". Prayer is the starting point, but not where our responsibilities end. It's understood that we should lift others in prayer... our families, our churches, our governments, etc. over and over again. But the Bible tells us very specifically that Jesus requieres much more than that. Has the church forgotten Matthew 25: 31 to 46? Jesus tells us that the judgment of the nations / peoples  will be based on:
  • having fed the hungry and starving
  • having given drink to the thirsty
  • having given shelter to the foreigner or stranger
  • having clothed the naked
  • having visited and attended to the sick
  • and having visited and remembered the imprisoned
If the Body of Christ after praying can not reach out and physically do the above to show compassion to those most in need... the persecuted brethren being amongst them, then they can and should respond through the programs of ministries or organizations that they can trust to do it in their place. 

VOM Mexico has projects that respond to the above needs of the persecuted believer in Mexico, and is developing international outreaches also to persecuted believers and their families in Colombia, Pakistan, and India. In Chiapas we have been responding through the following:
  • Legal Attenion and Counseling
  • Humanitarian Aid to Persecuted Groups
  • Immediate Attention and Follow-up: through the VOM TEAM stationed at the ASAP Base in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas located in the middle of the conflict zone itself.
  • Counseling and Workshops for Women and their Families
  • and more. 
Why not reach out and touch the life of a persecuted family or group in Mexico? These people don't want to escape suffering, and are not looking to immigrate to another country to imrove their lot... they just want to go back to their communities, practice and share their faith, and work things out with their families and neighbors. We are not only their Voices, but your hands and feet to bless them in the name of the extended Body of Christ. Hebrews 13: 3

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