Praying for the Machete Wielding Chief

By Ron Mouser

“What are you doing here?” barked the angry village chief with a machete in his hand.

I was with a group of our mission school students in a small remote village that can only be reached by boat. On the way, we had been regaled with stories of how the locals in this region are prone to take the law into their own hands… and how they don’t take kindly to strangers. We heard stories about machete attacks, individuals being tied up… and how wood was stacked around one woman to set her on fire. Honestly, I had heard similar scary stories before about other villages where I worked with my family. In fact, that was exactly why I brought the students. Because simply memorizing information about how to make peaceful contact in a potentially violent area is not the same as practical “hands on” experience. I did talk about strategies with the students but I am certain what galvanized the lesson in their minds was walking through the process together in the adrenaline of the moment. And it was effective. About 10 minutes after our frightful greeting, the machete wielding chief was sitting with his barren wife and holding her hand as the students and I prayed for God to give them children.

I have been in contact with the chief several times since that visit and we are taking a ministry team to the area next month! Please keep us, the students and the school in your prayers as we push forward, together with your help, to obey the great commission.


In September of 2008, Ron and Ivonne Mouser abandoned all of their earthly possessions that would not fit in a truck and moved to Arriaga Chiapas, Mexico, along with two young sons. In Arriaga, they helped in the administration of an orphanage, shared the pastoral responsibilities of a local church, and built a thriving youth ministry. At the end of 2011, they left Arriaga to pioneer a new work among the marginalized people groups living in the poorest part of Mexico around the city of Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas. Their current vision is to plant a youth-focused church based on a foundation of small discipleship groups in homes and schools that will serve as an international training ground for cross-cultural missions. They now have four sons.

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