Mateo, Elena, and their two daughters have been threatened for their faithful witness for Christ.
Mateo, Elena, and their two daughters have been threatened for their faithful witness for Christ.
May. 04, 2023 | Mexico

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[230] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Mateo and Elena.

Mateo and Elena are church planters in Central Mexico. Their town is in a region known as the “Circle of Silence,” where Christians are routinely opposed by those who follow a syncretistic blend of Catholicism, animism and the occult. The couple has experienced hostility from their community because of their witness for Christ. Their tires have been slashed, their bank accounts have been hacked, and they recently received a threatening note to stop their evangelistic activities: “First warning. You must leave. You may not preach, you or your wife.” Men on motorcycles also threatened them with guns at their front door. The couple has two young daughters, ages 5 and 3, and their older daughter has been bullied at school because of her Christian faith.

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  • of sins by Your increase. I pray Your light would so shine as they bear fruits meet for repentance as the apostle Paul. I pray this to Your glory in Your holy and almighty name LORD Jesus Christ, amen.
    Devin C - USA
  • Dear LORD, thank You that this family has held fast to You in Your word throughout this persecution. I pray their witness would be powerful so that even their persecutors would search Your word in the A1611 Bible. I pray they would have broken spirits, contrite hearts, and repentance of their sins. I pray that repentance leads unto the remission
    Devin C - USA
  • Father, Thank you for how you are working and will continue to work in their lives. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Thank You Father God and Lord Jesus Christ for seeing to the needs of Your people.
    christine s - USA
  • Thank You for Mateo and Elena who are trusting for their safety and the safety of their children. We ask You to encircle them with Your angels, and to protect them from those who would do them harm. Use their ministry to reach these people who live in darkness. Empower them to share the gospel in a way that touches hearts and changes lives.
    Toni D - USA
  • Merciful Father, please place a hedge of protection around Mateo & Elena as they do their best to plant churches to glorify Your name and spread the gospel. Protect their little ones and their daughter at school from those bullying her. instill respect and appreciation for them in the eyes of their community so they can do their work In Jesus name Amen
    Robert C - Canada
  • Father, we praise You that Mateo and Elena are on a mission for Christ and are standing firm in perilous times. May they continue to trust You to be their Protector as they share the Gospel, even under all the threats. Please watch over their little ones. May the enemy's efforts to destroy fail and may they see You working on their behalf.
    Gail M - USA
  • Isto tocou-me Pai, eu nunca passo por coisas destas gracas a ti, obrigado, por favor eu imploro-te que protejas esta familia, por favor, em nome de Jesus te peco amen
    Duarte S - Portugal
  • Dear Lord, I pray that Mateo and Elana and their girls are safe. I pray you will continue to give them what they need and especially protect them from harm as they faithfully live for You. In Jesus name Amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, we lift up before you this sweet family under persecution for speaking the Gospel. We ask that You hold them close and protect them and their 5 year old. May they continue to stand firm and speak truth in love to their neighbors. We ask that the Holy Spirit might begin a saving work among their people, especially those who are their enemies
    Gail M - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Mateo and Elena and their family and their willingness to follow You even in the face of threats to their family. I pray that You would strengthen them in their faith and provide for all of their needs, demonstrating that You are Sovereign and in control of everything. May You be glorified and known in the Circle of Silence.
    Lysander S - USA
  • I hope and pray in Christ Jesus' name for a daily abundance of blessings, especially your Holy Spirit, wisdom, healing, restoration, love, grace, compassion, mercy, protection, deliverance, resiliance, and so much more. I hope and pray that things are going well and improving everyday. May God bless you, those around you and far away. Amen.
    Gabriel S - USA
  • God, I bring Mateo, Elena & their two daughters in Mexico before you asking for your protection. You know that Mexico's getting more hostile towards Christians, & You see Christians suffering from persecution from government as well as society . God, plz bless Mateo & Elena's family with a calmness & resolve to continue sharing You with others there.
    Jamie G - USA
  • ABBA FATHER, I pray that YOUR peace reigns in the "Circle of Silence." YOUR peace, that is beyond all man's understanding, that comes from knowing YOU, JESUS, and knowing that we, as YOUR born again, HOLY SPIRIT filled children, that when we die, we will be with YOU in heaven, for all eternity! YOU are the PRINCE OF PEACE, JESUS! Love on them, LORD!
    Michael V - USA
  • In the wisdom of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Omniscient God, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Mateo and Elena and family. We ask for grace, for wisdom, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Savior, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You that Jesus is High Priest, Mediator and Savior for Mateo, Elena and family. We ask for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, Mateo and Elena who dwell in Your secret place will abide under Your shadow. They will know that You are their refuge and fortress, and put their trust in You. Surely, You will deliver them from the snare of the fowler & provide for them. You will cover them with Your protection give them your wisdom and guidance .Open doors to share your Word
    Marian P - USA
  • Father God in the name of Jesus Christ, we pray for or brothers and sisters Mateo and Elena, that you keep them from harm so that they may not cause pain. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Father, I pray for Mateo and Alayna that you would protect them from these evil forces around them. I ask for divine wisdom of whether or not they should flee, and if so, where should they go? I pray for their protection, and it particularly over the little girls place in angels to them, and your presence, the manifest with them in Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord I thank you for this family and petition your heavenly eternal soveriegn ty for Supernatural protection..provision..courage..mercy and grace to surround their children at school and the parents In their home and possessions...body..soul..and mind be mercifully covered.
    Joetta G - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that You would strengthen this sweet couple and give them great courage. May they have wisdom and unity as a couple to make decisions, and may they be surrounded with Your comfort and peace. I pray that they would be able to comfort, support, and train their daughters in the truths of Your word as they suffer as a family.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Yeshua, please be with my sister Elena & Mateo as they share the gospel message to the lost around them. Please fill them with your Holy Spirit and strengthen their walks with you. Move in the hearts of the lost around them preparing them for an encounter with you. Please protect them with your angels & continue to use them for your glory. TY JesusAMEN
    Niccole E - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven, bless our brother and sister, Mateo and Elena, to triumph in their trials and tribulations. May their witness never be silenced. Cause them to be faithful to the end and to bring great glory to Your holy name. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Teresa P - Korea, South
  • Father I lift up this dear family & may they always run to You their strong tower. Minister to them peace, joy, forgiveness & all they need in times of persecution. May the dtr not be bullied & may all the persecutors hear Your whisper upon their hearts. Draw them to You in Your Name. TY for Your provision & protection by Your mighty hand. Amen!
    Lisa T - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Ezer, our Help, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Mateo, Elena and family. We ask for Your help, a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to camp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Mateo, Elena & their children: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I pray for their persecutors, that You'll bring many of them to repentance & saving faith. Draw those around them to Christ. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Father, please protect this family from those threatening them. Give them supernatural power to resist the devil as he taunts them. We know YOU are stronger than any enemy, & we ask for you to prevail in this situation. Bind satan & his minions. Place a hedge of thorns around him to thwart his plans. Tear down strongholds from occult practices.
    SM D - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please protect his family from the threats made against them because of their faith in You. Please protect this 5-year-old-girl from harm. May her faith, and that of her family, lead their persecutors to know Christ as Savior and Lord. Thank you for their steadfast faith and witness for You. Please protect and provide for them.
  • Almighty God, grant these your dear children and their children your protection as they witness for you. Grant them grace to be bold in proclaiming Jesus. May their lives be living testimonies of Jesus. As they come up against opposition from the enemy, increase their faith and may Holy Spirit direct their words, thoughts, actions. Be glorified PS US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Mateo and Elena who dwell in Your secret place will abide under Your shadow. They will know that You are their refuge and fortress, and put their trust in You. Surely, You will deliver them from the snare of the fowler and from every pestilence. You will cover them with You feathers and under Your wings shall they trust. In Jesus name.
    Sarah A - USA
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