The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chiapas, Mexico, is helping victims of religious intolerance after four families were forced out of their homes by locals in the San Miguel Chiptip Community in Chiapas.
Agustin Alvarez, a baptized member and three other men were expelled from their communities on Mar. 15 after attending an evangelistic campaign in another community. Their wives and children were forced to stay in the Chiptip, according to Pastor Ignacio Navarro, president of the church in Chiapas.
“These families have been learning about Bible truths, so this angered some,” said Navarro. After nine days of appealing to the locals, the men were reunited with their families and are currently staying with family members elsewhere.
“We have been working with municipal leaders and the state government office to appeal for religious liberty laws to be enforced,” said Pastor Ignacio Navarro, president of the church in Chiapas. “These families’ homes were destroyed. They have nothing to go back to.”
It is not the first time that Alvarez and his family were forced to leave their community in Chiptip. Four years ago, after he and his family joined the Adventist Church, they were ostracized and had to move to a nearby community. Alvarez and his family continued to share the message of the gospel.
“The local conference and union are making the necessary provisions to assist these families in restoring their lives,” said Navarro. It is not clear whether their homes will be rebuilt again or the families will have to relocate, said Navarro, but church leaders are looking out for them and providing physical and spiritual nourishment.