April 15 was a joyful and historic moment for a group of indigenous Mexican Christians. Five years ago, they had been forced to leave their community in Chiapas, Mexico because they came to faith in Jesus Christ. Now, the Christians of the Bawitz community have reached an agreement with the community and the government which has allowed them to return.
The local community had been persecuting this group, consisting of twelve families, by denying them electricity and water. Persecution became worse when the community decided to send the families away. For five years, they lived in another town but they never stopped fighting for their rights. As a result, the group was finally able to go home.
What happened to the Bawitz Christians happens to many other indigenous Christians who live in Chiapas. Christians are persecuted by their local communities who often demand that everyone follow traditional ways.
Open Doors supports several groups of displaced Christians who are struggling to survive.