Pray for Our World: Mexico

Contrary to what one may think about the land in Mexico, only 10% is arable land.  Mexico has a wide range of topography from rainforests to volcanic plateaus and mountains.  It is also diverse in people groups from Mestizo (Mexican/Amerindian/Spanish) to Euro-American and Amerindian.  The once-sophisticated Aztec Empire was destroyed by the Spanish and smallpox in the early 16th century.  Much of its northern territories were lost to the US in the 19th century.  Today much of the country is plagued with drug trade.  The US shares a responsibility for much of that with our insatiable drug habit.

The Catholic church (Vatican) broke away from the Mexican government for 130 years before reconciling again in the 1990’s.  Pray that the churches in Mexico will unite and become strong in their fight against injustice, poverty, and evil that plagues much of the country.

Pray for Our World: Honduras

Honduras is a mountainous land with rain forests and fertile coastal plains on both the Caribbean Sea and North Pacific Ocean.  It is one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, and was under military rule for most of the 20th century.  Evangelism grew significantly in the 1960’s and went from 1% of the population to 23% of the population by the 1990’s, and continues to grow.

The biggest concern are the children at risk.  More than half of Honduras’ population are children, with the majority living in poverty.  Thousands of children attempt to cross to the USA to find family members working there, but most end up incarcerated in Guatemala or Mexico, in terrible conditions.  The Pepenadores, or garbage dump children, are more prevalent in Honduras than in any other nation in the Americas.  Street children, which number in the thousands, are often exterminated as a nuisance by ruthless groups in the name of social cleansing.  And many get swept up in organized crime as gang members or sex workers.

God weeps over His children.  Please pray for these children and help support them.  They need help where they live, so they do not get swept up in the false hope that leads to crime, sex trade, or prisons.  We will all be accountable for our lives someday, and it won’t necessarily be the things we did that will be of most concern, but the things we did not do.  Don’t miss that chance to make a difference, to help others have a little better life, to ease their pain or give them something to eat.

Pray for Our World: Guinea

Guinea is located on Africa’s west coast.  The country has huge mineral deposits, fertil and plentiful land and water, but an inept and corrupt government has reduce it to poverty.  It was a French colony until 1958, then led by a Marxist-Muslim government that virtually destroyed it, and finally has become more democratic with the elections in 2010.

Christians are a very small minority and Guinea remains largely unreached.  Bible translations and literature are a great challenge.  The Jesus film has been seen by many in the country.  Pray for God’s protection for the Christians that are there, and that the ongoing translations, Jesus film and other means will have an impact for Christ in this area.