A group of Christians in Hidalgo State, Mexico, were allegedly issued death threats in late April by a local government representative. The threats were reportedly made by “Community Delegate” Mr Jesus Dominguez Hernandez, who issued the threats after representatives of the Christian community of Chichiltepec village attempted to meet with his office to discuss religious persecution taking place in Hidalgo State.

According to a Mexican human rights organisation, Mr Hernandez became infuriated during a meeting with representatives on 24 April and threatened to kill all of the Christians present. The threats appear to be only the latest in a series of incidents targeting the Christian minority in Chichiltepec village.

On 29 April, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW-UK), a UK based advocacy group, reported that Mr Hernandez had previously pressured two members of the same Christian community to renounce their faith. When they refused, cousins Casto Hernandez and Juan Placido were jailed for nearly 30 hours before being released and told to vacate their homes. Casto Hernandez told CSW-UK, “because of the delegate’s intolerance, he would not allow us to preach the Word of God. He imprisoned me after he tried to force me to renounce my faith in writing but I would not do it.”

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

• Ask God to strengthen the believers in Chichiltepec village; may they continue to stand firm in faith despite these threats.
• Pray that God will give the Christians discernment and grace as they talk with officials about persecution.
• Pray that the example of the Christians will lead others to listen when they preach God’s Word.

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