Pastor Manuel is an evangelist in Chiapas, Mexico. Soon after becoming a Christian, Pastor Manuel received death threats for abandoning the traditional religious practices of his region.
One day, two men surprised and attacked him with a machete. As he attempted to block the blade, its sharp edge severely damaged his left arm.
Despite the injury, Pastor Manuel continues to preach the gospel faithfully.
He recently received the gift of a prosthetic arm and a number of audio and print Bibles in the indigenous language of his region.
In Chiapas, Christian converts are rejected by their community and are often forced from their homes and villages. Large groups of Christians have at times been driven from their homes. Converts and faithful witnesses for Christ lose their jobs, inheritances and land. Those who remain in their communities are marginalised, partly because they will not participate in pagan celebrations that feature drunkenness and debauchery.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
Pray for the protection of Pastor Manuel as he continues his ministry, and thank God for his faithfulness.
Pray that non-believers in his region will hear of the attack on Pastor Manuel, and that their curiosity will point them to Christ.
Pray for towns in Chiapas, where violence and civil unrest hinder church attendance.