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Son Injured While Protecting Mother in Chiapas

Chipas, Mexico
Eugenia’s son

Parents and Teachers: The August 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of Christians in Chiapas, Mexico. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Eugenia is a pastor’s wife in Chiapas, a state in Mexico. The people in her village are very poor. Eugenia distributes Bibles and care packages, provided by The Voice of the Martyrs, to people who need them. The care packages contain things like soap, beans, and rice. Eugenia also visits Christians in the area to encourage them.

Eugenia’s husband often travels to other nearby villages to minister at small churches. So their 12-year-old son goes with his mother to protect her when she visits people in the community.

Eugenia welcomes the protection. Last year someone burned down the family’s house. She understands that they have enemies.

Many villagers are thankful for Eugenia’s help and encouragement. But others do not like her.

“Traditionalists” as they are called in Chiapas, follow some Catholic teachings. But they mix the teachings with practices from the ancient Maya religion, which does not follow the Bible. Learn more about the Maya religion from the chart in the Beliefs section, “Comparing the Ancient Mayan Religion and Biblical Christianity.”

Some traditionalists persecute Christians who do not follow the ancient traditions. Christians are not even allowed to buy items from some shops because of their faith. Eugenia’s care packages are a blessing to them.

Note for parents and teachers: The term “traditionalist” as used here should not be confused with “Traditionalist Catholics,” who advocate a return to many Catholic practices that prevailed before the Second Vatican Council. Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, August 2014

One day while Eugenia and her son were walking to a church meeting, Eugenia was attacked. Her son stepped between the attacker and his mother to protect her. The attacker cut both of them with a knife, and they had to go to a local clinic to get treatment.

Angry villagers and some new Christians from Eugenia’s church caught the attacker, who was a 15-year-old boy. The villagers threatened to harm him because of what he did to Eugenia and her son.

Ruth, a VOM contact in the area, calmed them down. She told them, “If you hurt him, everyone will blame Christians. Let’s take him to the police.”

The police arrested the attacker but released him a week later. Village leaders who were not Christians demanded that they let him go.

Called to Stay
Even though they don’t always feel safe, Eugenia and her family are planning to stay in the area. They believe they have been called by God to reach those who don’t know Christ and to teach new Christians about forgiving one’s enemies.

To learn more about Christians in Chiapas, download Bold Believers in Chiapas from the Downloads section.


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