Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Missionary Dangers In Guatemala

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Preaching to Guatemalan Indians could become illegal. The country's congress is considering a bill to protect the Mayan religion, an ancient pagan belief system. The law would prevent preaching Christianity in territories inhabited by Mayan Indians, Partners International reports. The ministry works with Guatemala churches that operate a Christian school for 800 students. Most of the students are Mayan and many are becoming Christians through the ministry. An evangelical pastor in central Guatemala was killed in a drive-by shooting April 4. A group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on Rev. Juan Jose Veliz, 59, as he slept in a pick-up truck outside his church near Guastatoya, a town 40 miles northeast of Guatemala City. The slaying is under investigation, police told Reuters. Although Guatemala is predominantly Roman Catholic, it is one of the most Protestant countries in Latin America, with about 18,000 evangelical congregations and 350 different denominations. Religious leaders of various sorts in Guatemala have been targets of criminal and political violence in the past. A prominent Catholic bishop was bludgeoned to death in his Guatemala City parish last April. The case remains unsolved. (From Religion Today)

Bearing all this in mind, let there be much and continued prayer for our own mission workers in Guatemala!

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