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Changes in Chiapas

Mexico

In recent years, Christian children in Chiapas, Mexico have been expelled from school even though they broke no rules. (Chiapas is a state in Mexico.) Some Christian families are treated badly and even kicked out of their homes and villages by people who do not follow the Bible’s teachings. (Enter “Chiapas” in the Search box to find stories and video clips about Christians in Chiapas.)

The Voice of the Martyrs has helped Christians in Chiapas by providing food, household supplies, and Christian books and materials. But Christians aren’t the only ones bringing aid to poor people in Chiapas.

Several years ago, Muslims from Europe arrived in Chiapas. They set up stores and businesses, and they offered people jobs if they would become Muslims. Hundreds of poor people accepted their offer.

“Now there are three mosques in San Cristobal,” said a VOM contact in Mexico. (San Cristobal is a city in Chiapas. Mosques are buildings where Muslims worship.) “They are supported by Muslims from other countries,” said the VOM contact.

Muslims from the United States have taken “mission trips” to San Cristobal. They have repaired a mosque, distributed food and school supplies, and provided activities for children.

Sadly, some Christians have left Christianity to become Muslims. Please pray that people in Chiapas will know God’s truth and follow it.

To find more prayer needs of people in Chiapas, download Bold Believers in Chiapas from the Downloads section. (Page 46 lists prayer needs.)

Learn more about Islam from the book Learning About Islam, also available from the Downloads section.


Starting Over in Chiapas

Some Christians in Chiapas, Mexico, are forced to leave their homes and villages by people who do not agree with their biblical beliefs and practices.

Watch the video below that shows Christians working to rebuild in a new location after they were expelled from their village.

See a previous story from Chiapas.

Horchata and Sharing About Chiapas

Read the previous three posts about Christians in Chiapas. Make a presentation about Chiapas to a Christian group. Share the story of Eugenia, provide a bolero for them to try, and provide copies of the coloring pages to color. If desired, serve horchata, using the recipe below. Encourage the group to pray for Christians in Chiapas.

Horchata
People all over Mexico enjoy a drink made from rice called horchata. To make a quick, easy variation, pour a 32-ounce carton of vanilla rice milk, a 32-ounce carton of almond milk, ½ cup of sugar, and ½ tsp. of cinnamon into a gallon container with a tight lid. Shake well. Serve cold over ice cubes.

Source: Bold Believers in Chiapas available from the Downloads section.


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.

Enemies
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.

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Chiapas Coloring Pages

Download printable Chiapas coloring pages that show the crest of Chiapas and its location in Chiapas.

Source: Bold Believers in Chiapas available from the Downloads section