Lord, thank you for the HOPE found in Jesus. Today we pray for the people of Mexico’s poorest state: Oaxaca. Lord, we pray against the plagues that often accompany poverty: violence against women, inequality, mistreatment of children, corruption, unemployment, low literacy. We pray for Oaxacans to find hope in Jesus, and to have hope for their future. May they not be bound by poverty, but find the faith and grit to provide for and love each other, to implement ideas for business and art. May Christians reach out to their neighbors and coworkers. We pray for the work of Fuentes Libres as they not only provide microloans to women beginning businesses, but as they try to create the hopeful environment that motivates and frees those hindered by their circumstances. We pray in Jesus’ powerful name, amen.