With violent crime on the rise and the political climate changing throughout certain parts of Mexico, the opportunity for open Christian witness - particularly in some areas of Chiapas State - is rapidly decreasing.
Despite increasing difficulty and persecution, Hector Rodriguez carries Bibles deep into Mexico, where those with Mayan beliefs grow more hostile as 2012 approaches. While Hector lives and pastors a small church on the outskirts of tourist-popular border town Tijuana, his mother, Virginia, lives in the village of San Juan Chamula, in the heart of the Mayan hostilities. She uses the Scriptures to teach reading to the families who are open to it - until she disappears.
Hector must decide if he will continue his work despite his worries about protecting his wife and children and his search for Virginia.l His young Protege from California, Marty, wants to help Hector expand his ministry, but wonders if he and his future family can bear the persecution they, too, will likely face.
The second book in the Extreme Devotion Series, Kathi Macias continues her wonderful talent in this story that will touch your heart. Once again she has woven together a wonderful message and a touching story that you won’t soon forget.
The story begins with Virginia in her small shack in the village of San Juan Chamula - located right in the middle of Mayan hostilities. Confident that the Lord has placed her there, far from her family and the comforts of Tijuana, she ministers to the people who will listen. But when she ruffles a few Mayan feathers by reading the verse Romans 8:37, her life becomes even more dangerous.
Filled with a large, varying cast of characters, this book takes you from one person’s personal life to the next. Kathi writes so well and clearly that I never felt confused for a moment. I really enjoyed reading a book that had so many different stories that, in the end, often intersected together.
While the first book in this series, No Greater Love, is still my favorite (so far!), More Than Conquerors was a wonderful read that really got you thinking about using your life purposefully for Christ and committing it to telling others the gospel. It was sobering, and heartwarming, to read of these characters read to lay down their life for Christ. Yet it wasn’t unbelievable – the characters themselves struggled with placing their complete trust in God when things got rough. Kathi did a wonderful job making her characters real and believable. I felt Hector’s pain. I understood La Abuela heartache. I rejoiced in Marty’s newfound love. It was all so personal.
More Than Conquerors is a book that will touch your heart and make you seriously think about the missionaries in our world today who give up so much earthly comfort and ease to spread the gospel to hard-hearted people across the border. Their lives are never easy, and many are ended swiftly, but do it all for Christ with joy in their heart. This is a book that will make you think!