Please pray with us for the brothers and sisters continuing their protests in front of the government building in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital and largest city in Chiapas State. Their demonstration started on November 1, following a protest march on October 31. At this moment, around 70 men, women and children have been there day and night asking for a solution to their desperate situations. These protesters represent a large number of Christians who were displaced over the last five years for justice, land and a place to live.
Chiapas is one of the poorest and most diverse states in the nation; it is located in the southeast, bordering Guatemala. Minority Christians in many villages have experienced exclusion and expulsion from their homes and villages. Christians in some villages in Chiapas state decided to no longer pay dues for local pagan festivities. In response, the traditional authorities have denied the Christians access to water, firewood, health services and government support.
Father, we lift up these Christians who represent a large number of others without homes or resources. Sustain them, Father, and bring about justice through the government offices in Tuxtla. Provide for them land and homes, and the basic resourced needed. Make their needs clear to government agencies; that they might execute just judgments. And for those protesting, we pray for strength to sustain the cold nights and food and water to fill them. Thank You for the churches in Tuxtla who are providing shelter. Father, we pray that Your name will be lifted high in Chiapas state; free the people from the oppression of false belief systems. Above all else, we pray for these believers to understand Your goodness and steadfast love despite their earthly circumstances. We pray for You to be their strength in order to be a light to the immense darkness that seems to surround them. We pray diligently that the gospel would be the most valuable thing in their lives. In the name of Jesus, our true hope, Amen.