Voice of the Martyrs, 6 July 2022 (excerpts)
Front-line workers recently visited with four Christian families in Chiapas, Mexico, who have been rejected by their community because of their faith in Christ.
The families were held hostage in their homes and denied the right to leave for food or groceries. Eventually, members of the community drove the families from their homes.
Despite this opposition, the families remain firm in their faith, and they were filled with joy as they received encouragement from front-line workers and participated in a viewing of the Tortured for Christ movie.
“They are committed to share the gospel in their community no matter the cost,” a front-line worker shared. “Pray for God’s wisdom in their relationship with their community and for freedom to preach the gospel.”
Specific areas within southern Mexico have a high concentration of indigenous minority groups. These minority communities, which maintain a separate identity and language, are systematically oppressed by local authorities.
Christians among them are persecuted by Marxist and animist groups as well as village leaders. These communities are remotely located and difficult to reach. Despite persecution, the number of Christians has continued to grow in these areas.