Liberty in La Libertad

Helen Hofman

READ : 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. (v. 6 niv) Some Tojolabal Christians in the village of La Libertad were badly beaten up in an episode of ongoing persecution. The Christians of the area prayed for religious freedom for them. Eventually, the municipal president agreed to a meeting. After six hours of noisy negotiation, the Christians were denied justice and instead were forced to give money to contribute to …

This Year We Have Corn

Helen Hofman

READ : Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.” (v. 7 niv) Juan had come from far away to the Tzeltal Bible School for a week-long Bible institute. One day he stopped by to visit us and told us how God answered prayer for him. “You know I live on the edge of the grassland, and our land isn’t very good. Three years ago our cornfield was ruined by a heavy hail storm just as …

Our God Is a Great God

Helen Hofman

READ : Mark 1:32-39 [Jesus] drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. (Matt. 8:16 niv) Feliciana is an Amatenango Tzeltal, who lives with her brother and family. She was haunted by voices telling her to run into the woods at night. One day a neighbor told her that there was a powerful, loving God who could free her from the voices. “The evangelical church leaders will pray for you,” the neighbor said. Some time later, …

A Powerful Sermon

Helen Hofman

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (Ps. 23:4 niv) Roberto was a Tzeltal Christian elder. When his Presbytery looked for someone to send as a missionary to the Amatenango Tzeltals, Roberto and his wife volunteered to go. Their family included a married son and daughter, and three younger children. His married son became very ill. Roberto took him to …