Mateo, Elena, and their two daughters have endured attacks against their health, safety and livelihood because of their gospel work.
Mateo, Elena, and their two daughters have endured attacks against their health, safety and livelihood because of their gospel work.
Aug. 17, 2023 | Mexico

Church Planters Face Unrelenting Pressure

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

Mateo and Elena are church planters advancing God’s kingdom in Central Mexico. Elena was diagnosed with a rare brain aneurysm that required surgery. However, in the most recent round of tests, the doctors found that the aneurysm had been healed. One even called it a miracle from God. Still, Elena and Mateo continue to face enormous pressure to stop their gospel outreach, including threatening phone calls, an unexplained fire in their house, and spiritual attacks on Elena and their two young daughters. The couple are worried for the safety of their children, even fearing that they could be kidnapped and trafficked. Pray for the physical and spiritual safety of this family and for comfort, wisdom, encouragement and healing as they continue to bear witness for Christ.

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  • Thank you, Jesus, for healing Elena. Please guard and protect their precious daughters. Guard Mateo and Elena from all evil. Encourage this precious couple and bring many to know You because of them.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • God, You are the One who holds us in Your hand. Please protect all four members of this family; protect them from physical harm, from spiritual attack. Let Your angels always guard them, and let Your power be shown in them; fill them with Your Holy Spirit, that no evil may touch them. Fill all the Christians around them with this same power and Spirit.
    Kesse R - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please protect Your people from their enemies, please give them everything they need on this earth and in this life while they're on their way to meet You!
    christine s - USA
  • Dear God, I pray for the health and safety of Mateo and Elena and their children. Prosper their work in Mexico - keep the evil spirits away from them and give them a radiant testimony for Jesus, that many neighbors might come to Christ. Grow your church there. Bless all the believers there. Amen
    Martha T - USA
  • Heavenly Father, God thank you for Elena and Mateo please bless them and their family. Keep them safe and sound as they do your good work. Most of all give them joy in all they do let them see the fruits of their labor. And many receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
    Pam W - USA
  • Lord, I pray the words of Psalm 119 for Mateo, Elena, and their daughters. v107 "I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!" v. 109-110 "I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts." Protect those girls to have joy in you.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Mateo, Elena, and their children and their willingness to spread the gospel in the face of fierce opposition. Thank You for healing Elena from her brain aneurysm. You are mighty to save. We pray for the safety of the children; please protect them from all the powers of darkness. May Mateo and Elena have comfort, wisdom and healing.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Dear Lord please wrap Your protective arms around Mateo and Elena and protect their daughters. Give the relief from the fear for their girls and thank you that they are faithful. Through Christ amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, bless Mateo and Elena as they love and serve others in Jesus' name. Praise to You for the good news of Elena's healing from the rare brain aneurysm. Thank You for being Elena's physician and healer. We ask that You provide Mateo and his family with safety, security, and protection against the enemy's tactics and those whom the enemy influences.
    Patrick V - USA
  • In the living hope of resurrected name of Jesus, our heavenly Father Elohim Miqweh, God of hope as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for living hope of Mateo, Elena and family. We ask of a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
    Carolyn A - USA
  • Almighty God, bless Mateo and Elena. Grant them physical and spiritual safety for their family. Share wisdom and courage as they face persecution in sharing message of Jesus. Grant them boldness with Your Word and soften hearts of those listening. Bring them comfort and peace to rest in Your promises and provisions. We love them. In Jesus Pat US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we pray for the physical and spiritual safety of this family and for comfort, wisdom, encouragement and healing as they continue to bear witness for Christ. Bless and protect this family. Give them boldness and courage. Spread the Gospel. In Jesus Precious name, the great love of God and the fellowship of the mighty Holy Spirit Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Our Father, bless Mateo and Elena with wisdom and courage for dealing with the persecution they are facing as they share Your word to those who are lost. Put a hedge around them and keep them from the evil one. May lives be changed as people respond to the Gospel. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, God Who sees. as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You that Mateo, Elena and family fix their eyes on Jesus. We ask of provision , a head of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Lord, we thank you for the witness of Mateo and Elena and their faithfulness in planting churches in Mexico despite the attacks on them both spiritually and physically. We thank You for Your protection over them and we thank You for miraculously healing Elena's brain tumor. Let them reach out and give testimony for Your miraculous healing powers!
    Donna H - USA
  • Lord God, how we give You thanks and praise for the witness, testimony and ministry of Mateo and Elena! Please raise up Your protective hedge around their lives physically, mentally and emotionally such that they might enter the fire but would not even have the smell of smoke on their clothes based on Your powerful deliverance and protection, amen!
    Forrest B - USA
  • Father may this dear family experience Your mighty awesome Father hand over their lives. In Jesus' Name, there will not be any harm done to the children, much less trafficking!! TY that the work You have for them will continue. May Your peace rest in this home supernaturally. minister Your guidance,comfort, healing & all they need.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Lord, thank you for healing Elena's aneurysm! Please strengthen them as they face persecution and spiritual warfare. Especially keep their young daughters safe from potential kidnapping. Be their refuge and stronghold. And may their witness of the gospel in Mexico bring many to know and receive Christ and be united with him for eternity. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Father, I lift up this precious family to you, asking You to guard and protect them and that their children would remain safe. I praise you for Elena's miraculous healing and ask for physical and spiritual safety of this family, also for comfort, wisdom and encouragement as they continue to bear witness for Christ.
    Betty D - USA
  • In the saving power of Jesus, our Heavenly Father, Yeshua, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of 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, you are so great, thank you for healing Elena. Continue to give them boldness to speak your word. We come against satan inJesus name all the powers of darkness cannot stop the word of God out of their mouths. Give this family health, cover them with your might hand and protect them from any other attacks from the enemy. In Jesus name Amen
    Rebecca S - USA
  • Heavenly Father,

    Thank you for the gospel advancement that is happening in Central Mexico through the ministry of Mateo and Elena. Your grace has enabled them to serve you even amidst weakness of the body and threats. Lord Jesus I pray that you would protect them as a family from the harm of the evil one. In Jesus Name I pray and believe. Amen
    Vincent A - Kenya
  • I have added them to my prayer list.
    Clint D - USA
  • LORD, praise You for the miraculous healing for Elena! Father, In the name of Jesus I call for a canopy of protection placing the cross and the blood of Jesus between this precious family and any foul spirits attacking them. Give them wisdom and courage in deciding how to proceed with their ministry. Protect them from all harm. In Jesus Name, Amen
    Laurie W - USA
  • Lord, we thank you for your work in Mateo and Elena's lives and for the encouragement of healing Elena. May they look back at that as a reminder of your constant love and care for them. Protect them and their daughters, and give them hope as they continue to be a witness of your grace to those around them. Build their faith and grant them joy.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Almighty God, please protect Mateo and Elena and their children. Keep them safe from all harm. Protect them from attacks from the evil one. Cover them with your supernatural protection. Increase their faith and ministry in Mexico. Show them your faithfulness and your power in the midst of the attacks. I pray that the name of Jesus will be exalted.Amen
    Julia F - USA
  • Father,
    I am pleading with you on behalf of Mateo and Elena and the other Christians within the "Circle of Silence" for an awakening. I pray that you would remove the demonic influence and bring peace to this land. Please let your message go forth unhindered, and draw many people to yourself. Use Mateo and Elena's message to change hearts.InChristamen
    Nicole T - USA
  • Dear brothers and sisters in Christ- I pray that you will feel the love and grace of Jesus. He holds you in his hand. Matthew 16:18, "I will build this church and the gates of hell will not stand against it." Stay strong. Jesus is coming back soon. Your reward is great in heaven.
    Susan R - USA
  • Thank You for Your light that Mateo and Elena are shining in the darkness. You promised that the darkness could not put it out. We stand on this today in behalf of our brother and sister who are living in this dark place. Grant them all peace and protection both physically and spiritually. Comfort and encourage them and be glorified in Elena's healing.
    Toni D - USA
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