Mexican Evangelical families lose access to water for refusing to deny Christ
Two evangelical families in central Mexico have been threatened with being cut off from essential services or expelled from the community if they continue to refuse to deny their faith and pay a fine illegally levied against them.
The families of Nemesio Hernández and Eligio Hernández, who are from the First Baptist Church in the La Mesa Limantitla area in Hidalgo state, were threatened during a community meeting on Monday, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
In January 2019, many evangelical families were forced to sign an agreement renouncing their faith. While eight families signed it, the families of Cruz Hernández and Santiago Hernández refused to do so.
The community leaders then blocked the two families’ access to water, sewer services, and government benefit programs for over a year until they were forced to sign an agreement on Jan. 15, 2020, in which they renounced their right to hold religious services.
The agreement said each family would be ordered to pay an illegal fine of $3,000. State authorities paid part of the fine, but the families have continued to be threatened with forced displacement.