|Sources of Persecution||Organised Corruption|
|Leader||President Enrique Pena Nieto|
Mexico: Violence And Religion.
Despite being a majority Christian country, persecution is still a problem. Mexico is one of the most unequal societies in the world. This inequality has driven many people to become involved in organised crime. In many places gangs or cartels wield power over officials and institutions including the church. The extortion of priests, pastors and Christian business-owners is commonplace. Attending church services increases the threat of kidnapping, and youths are particularly at risk of being recruited into gangs.
Dangerous To Help.
Drug rehabilitation programs or youth work are perceived as being a direct threat to the interest of drug cartels. Christians involved in drug rehabilitation programs are targeted and persecuted. Violence appears to be escalating in Mexico with the number of internally displaced people rising from 8,000 in 2009 to 287,000 in 2015.
The work that Open Doors is currently undertaking is to better connect churches in Mexico. Given there is such a different experience of life for people in different areas, the same is true for churches. The goal is to better connect churches that do not experience the same pressure, with those that do. If Mexican churches assist and receive support from each other, they are less likely to become dependent on external help. It is hoped that by unifying and connecting local church that dependency will not become an issue. Programs that Open Doors are sponsoring also help Christians to become more resilient to persecution.
Pray for the hearts of those involved in drug cartels to be opened to the gospel.
Pray for God to provide for Christians who cannot access services or have been banished from their communities.
Pray for God to protect believers living in dangerous areas.