". . . and having done all . . . stand firm." Eph. 6:13


Prayers From Latin Americans Standing for Life and Family: ‘Holy Spirit Move Here’

On June 22, ambassadors representing countries within the Organization of American States (OAS) met in the U.S. for the 53rd annual meeting. During the event, which was held in Washington, D.C., citizens from various Latin American countries gathered in and outside of the OAS headquarters to protest the group’s move toward more radical social policy.

Demonstrators were divided — half of the protests were centered around advocacy for LGBT policies in South America, while the other half was fighting against them.

The leaders in the OAS will be holding a vote within the next few days regarding the implementation of leftist policies, so the urgency and importance of this protest was palpable. With their country’s flags, the Congreso Iberoamericano, a Christian Latin American group brought together by Aarón Lara of Mexico to promote life and family, gathered to peacefully walk around the OAS and pray for a decision to be made that reflects God’s creation of man and woman, as well as His plan for marriage and family.

Many Christians in independent states in the Americas feel as though the truth in Scripture is not being upheld in their respective countries like they once were. These issues of life and family are important enough that they wanted to raise it above the local level by going directly to the OAS for change. “I'm really concerned with what’s going on in my country,” Harim Nabi, the CFO of the Congreso Iberoamericano, said on “Washington Watch” Thursday. “This is like a dictatorship that’s trying to be imposed in our schools. You know, our pastors are also being affected by laws too. … This is spreading out like a very bad disease in our countries.”

The OAS was created to implement democracy, human rights, security, and development in all the independent states of the Americas. However, Christian citizens in these countries are noticing LGBT advocacy is creeping into their government’s decisions. “Leftist ideologies have been slowly permeating the international countries for decades now,” participant Jose Gonzalez stated, after explaining to The Washington Stand the purpose behind Thursday’s prayer walk and press conference. He described how the OAS has been affected by the leftist agenda over time, and how action is necessary to roll back those changes. Nabi added, “I don’t want to stand quiet. … I want to raise my voice.”

As the Congreso walked, they stopped to pray. Multiple individuals spoke up, glorifying God and asking for an outcome that protects life and family in the countries of South America. While much of what was said was in Spanish, one of the members of the Congreso shared that they prayed for the “Holy Spirit to move here.”

What was witnessed today was a representation of the global church. The enemy is working hard to destroy faith, family, and freedom, yet, today, the Congreso represented Christians from over 20 countries all testifying to God’s truth. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” So, no matter how fierce the enemy’s attack, the global church is still a light shining through the darkness.

Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.