Christians in some areas of Mexico have many needs and one of them is for legal assistance. Mexico is home to three categories of Christianity: historical Christian communities, communities of converts to Christianity (where converts may be from an indigenous or mafia background) and non-traditional Protestant Christian communities. All suffer persecution but there are differences between the persecution engines. Organized corruption and crime affects all Christians but particularly those who actively engage in social transformation and therefore constitute a threat to drug cartels and other criminal groups. The persecution engine Ethnic antagonism focuses mainly on the situation for those converting from indigenous traditional beliefs to non-traditional Protestant denominations, but members of the Catholic Renewal Movement have also been targeted. Secular intolerance affects all Christian communities. Denominational protectionism affects all non-traditional forms of Christianity.
Open Doors has been providing legal support for several cases of persecution in Mexico over the years. Currently there are legal matters being addressed in Chiapas and Jalisco.
- Please pray for Damian Gomez Lopez in Jerusalén, Chiapas where seven Christian families are experiencing persecution. Pray for Attorney Jose Alfredo Hernandez Santis who is defending the Christians there.
- Please pray for a little group of Christians in Pocolum, Chiapas. This group is suffering persecution from the community and Open Doors has begun researching this case.
- Please pray for Human Rights projects in Jalisco. Open Doors is preparing for a much needed event about religious freedom in Jalisco state.
- Please pray for Jose de la Cruz, a Wixarica Christian leader in Jalisco. De la Cruz and 20 other Christians were unfairly displaced from their land. Pray for Open Doors staff in Mexico as they attempt to defend this persecuted group.
Our holy, righteous and just God, we lift before Your throne of grace today Christians in Chiapas and Jalisco states. We pray for those who have been displaced from their homes because of their faith in Christ and for those who are suffering other kinds of pressure from their communities and families. We pray that they will be strengthened by Your Holy Spirit to respond in godly integrity even as they seek justice. We pray for the attorneys representing them, that they will receive just favor from the courts on behalf of their clients. Thank You for the work of Christians in Mexico to strive toward social transformation through the gospel of Christ and we pray that the gospel will indeed transform this nation and bring glory to the name of our Lord Jesus. In the name of Jesus, who loves righteousness and justice, Amen.