As I write this update, Mexico is celebrating its Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), the anniversary of the unlikely defeat of the larger, better equipped, and expertly trained French force near the city of Puebla by General Ignacio Zaragoza and his smaller Mexican army in 1862.
The event is a source of national pride and a cause for celebrations of Mexican identity, especially in the United States. However, itâ€™s also a reminder of what it means to win the battle but lose the war. The French went on to defeat the Mexican army and the Mexican people were subjugated to French rule for three years under Maximillian the I.
Over Easter Week, we had the chance to join together with fellow Assemblies of God missionaries serving all across the country to reflect on the work here in modern Mexico. We rejoiced to hear of:
- Indigenous pastors being trained and launched into ministry.
- Church planting movements rising up in unreached areas.
- University students waking up to the message of the gospel.
Itâ€™s truly exciting to be a part of a group of men and women who are piercing the darkness that has shrouded Mexico, turning back the enemy in some of his key strongholds.
Nevertheless, we are facing some sobering facts:
- 9 out of 10 Mexicans do not have a relationship with the Lord.
- Quasi-christian cults like Jehovahâ€™s Witness and Mormons are gaining influence.
- Organized corruption is a continued threat to social transformation.
Battles are being won, but the war for the heart of Mexico is still being fought. So we appeal to you, our supporters, to intercede with us this month, praying for:
- Anointed leaders: Winning the war calls for strong leadership. As district conventions are being held across the country, will you pray for the right people to be selected, people with a vision to reach Mexico?
- Divine strategy: Here, in the YucatÃ¡n and throughout Mexico, initiatives are being considered to stimulate evangelism and church growth. Will you pray that the plans made and the structures put into place would be effective in reaching the lost and discipling believers?
- Perseverance: The work of transformation requires consistency and patience. Would you pray that we will stay the course to see this change take place?