WHO IS THE LEADER OF MEXICO?
President Andres Manuel López Obrador is the leader of Mexico.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN Mexico?
125.3 million Christians live in Mexico. They make up over 95 per cent out of the total population of 130.8 million.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN MEXICO?
There are high levels of organised crime and corruption in Mexico. Christians who stand against this, particularly by taking part in rehabilitation programmes or refusing to engage in illegal activities, are seen as a threat by criminal gangs.
Around 21 per cent of Mexico’s population is made up of indigenous groups, and these groups have a certain amount of autonomy. Some of these groups follow a form of Christianity mixed with traditional customs. If a member of the group decides to follow another form of Christianity and no longer wishes to take part in traditional customs, this is seen as a huge betrayal.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN MEXICO?
Christians, their leaders and their church buildings have become targets for attacks, threats, extortion, and even killings. This is happening with increasing frequency all over the country and not just in those states known to be the most violent.
This is something that the family of Pastor Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Garcia know more about than most. Pastor Eduardo's son, Abraham, was killed in 2009, and his daughter, Griselda, was kidnapped for ransom 18 months later. Finally, in 2018, Pastor Eduardo was shot by assailants believed to be members of the drugs trade.
Besides being the pastor of the Nueva Vida church, Eduardo also led 'Evangelismo Masivo Juárez', a local movement in Ciudad Juárez which sought to achieve peace in a city plagued with crime, drug-trafficking and violence. Eduardo organised prayer sessions in the streets and in churches, as well as services and concerts attended by hundreds of people.
"We had decided to try to rescue the city, but I never imagined we would become a part of the statistics."
- Pastor Eduardo, after his son was killed
Believers from indigenous groups may also face pressure to renounce their new Christian faith through fines, isolation, the blocking of basic community services, imprisonment, beatings, the destruction of property and even forced displacement.
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN MEXICO?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors supports the persecuted church in Mexico through biblical training, socio-economic development projects and advocacy to address the root causes of persecution.
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You can SPEAK OUT
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR MEXICO
Lord Jesus, thank You for the bravery of our sisters and brothers in Mexico. May You turn the hearts of those involved in organised crime to You, that they may know Your love. Protect and provide for all believers who find themselves displaced for their faith, and strengthen the churches, that they may continue to share Your love in their communities.