A family, friends of ours, lives in a typical neighborhood in our city that is surrounded by temples to the “holy death” (one of them is pictured above). On the outside walls of the temples they paint images of a skeleton and build shrines around it so that passers by can stop and worship and pray to it, as seen in the above photo. People pray to the “holy death” for protection from death, and for the “holy death” to avenge the death of family and loved ones at the hands of others. This practice was started by narco-traffickers, and sex-traffickers, who are warring against each other, and against police.
People also call upon the “holy death” to commit acts of evil against family members who have wronged them, or who have chosen not to remain under Roman Catholic rule. Our friends are Evangelical Christians and their families have turned against them. Some of their family members have called upon witches and witch-doctors to cast evil spells on them in order to force them back into Roman Catholicism. Every night, one of their daughters sees shadows roaming around her bedroom. She prays out loud asking God to remove the evil spirits, which He does, and she can finally sleep. One afternoon, her mother was putting clothes on the line to dry. Before she got finished, she went in the house for something and both she and her daughter saw some of the clothes being pulled off the line, but there was nobody there doing it. They prayed together and the evil spirit left. This is very common.
Some of you may be wondering how the Roman Catholic Church, in Mexico, feels about worshiping and praying to the holy death. The fact is, even though they would never admit it, the Roman Catholic Church sanctions and encourages it, as you can see in the picture below.
Through all of this, though, our friends have remained faithful to the Lord and have never wavered in their faith, even though they are surrounded by evil and are being persecuted by their own families and friends.
God tells us:
“In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12 HCSB).”
Friends, this is why God has us in Mexico. He has sent us here to share the Good News of Christ with this very spiritually dark country. Please pray for us and this precious family as we continue to do battle against evil, every day. In Christ’s love, thank you.
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