Friday, April 02, 2010

Pray for Juárez

My friend Dave Harvey reports on one church's stand amidst the violence and turmoil of Juárez:
You may have seen reports of the murders of three people associated with the U.S. Consulate in Juárez, Mexico, earlier this month. ..As Mexico’s war on the drug cartels continues, the city of Juárez is embroiled in violence. On average, at least seven people have been murdered every day since 2009, including more than 500 murders since January. ...This ongoing social catastrophe has far-reaching effects. About 5,000 businesses have closed, and some estimate that as much as 15–20% of the city’s population has left. Those who remain face the daily threat of ruthless violence

Carlos Contreras..senior pastor of Iglesia Gracia Soberana de Cd. Juárez .. writes,
But there is good news also. The church in the city remains strong and has apparently become the only remaining source of hope for many people. We all pray and we pray a lot, and we pray boldly and we pray publicly for God to intervene in a miraculous way to change things and to do justice. But mostly we pray for revival and for the salvation of thousands.
Under the leadership of their pastoral team, Iglesia Gracia Soberana is taking the gospel to the streets. The most recent session of their Alpha class (an introductory class on the gospel) graduated 63 students, more than they’d ever had. The church is airing evangelistic programs on local TV. Earlier this month, 150 church members went to two busy intersections, handed out about 800 evangelistic tracts and about 200 New Testaments, and prayed for about 300 people. On Saturday they hit the streets again, handing out 6,000 invitations to church, 300 copies of the Gospel of John, and 200 New Testaments—and praying for 1,300 people.
You can read the whole article here.

Please pray for Juárez and Iglesia Gracia Soberana!
  • that God would grant wisdom and strength to Carlos Contreras and other pastors in Juárez.
  • that God would give sustaining grace to Iglesia Gracia Soberana and the other churches in this city.
  • that the gospel would be clearly preached and many would put their faith in Christ for forgiveness of sins.
  • that peace and justice would be restored to Juárez.
Check out this slide show of their prayer outreach:

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