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Church leader and persecuted Christian in Mexico killed

August 8, 2023 by Abigail Hart in Persecuted Christians in Mexico

The Mexican Episcopal Conference condemned his killing and have demanded officials seek out justice. In a statement, they said, “It is a painful reminder of the serious situation we face as a society, in which the presence of organized crime and impunity continue to threaten the lives and safety of so many.”

Mexico has seen an increase of persecution against Christian leaders in recent years. One day prior to the death of Javier, Faustin Jiménez, another church leader, experienced an attempted attack, but was able to escape.

In areas of Mexico, cartels and gangs run rampant. When Christian leaders directly speak out against the violence and crime that follows, they immediately put a target on their backs and can be kidnapped, beaten and murdered.

But many Mexican church leaders have found comfort in Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.”

Join us in praying.

Lord Jesus, we lift up Javier’s congregation and family. We ask You would bring peace to their hearts in this difficult time and surround them with Your embrace. We ask You would protect Your followers and lead those that killed Javier to repentance. Arise and put an end to these brutal attacks. Intervene in Mexico and bring sweeping revival. Amen.

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About The Author
Amanda is a staff writer for Global Christian Relief, a nonprofit Christian ministry whose mission it is to amplify the voices of Christian persecution and help vulnerable believers so they can spread the gospel and advance the Great Commission. You can learn more by visiting our website at

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