Guatemalan migrants killed near US-Mexico border

A Guatemalan village is still reeling from the devastating loss of 19 people. A few weeks ago, 19 burnt bodies were discovered near the northern Mexico and United States border. Those 19 people were on their way to – hopefully – find a better life in the United States when a drug cartel intercepted their journey, shot them, and set them on fire. 

Among the victims was a young man named Marvin Tomas. According to his village teammates and coach, Marvin was one of the most up-and-coming young soccer players. He worked long hours to support his mother and both his younger sisters, and when he could, he tried to give financial aid to his older sister – a single mother. Marvin was only 22 when his life was taken in this gruesome attack. Marvin, along with 18 other victims, met a horrifically tragic end.  

Unfortunately, this type of loss is familiar in this part of the world. These 19 people were on their way to the United States, fleeing hunger and poverty, desiring to see loved ones, desiring a better life. They were murdered while pursuing some of the most basic necessities. And in all likelihood, these 19 died without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

Romans 10:14-15 says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall the preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”  

Will you go? Would you be willing to tell Guatemalans about Jesus, His gift of salvation, and the Heavenly riches He has in store for those who put their faith in Him? 

Please pray with us for Guatemala and for the salvation of the Guatemalan people.  

Author: Emma Hamilton, OGTC Student

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Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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