God Protects Argentine Pastor Marcelo Nieva from Being Killed by Drug Traffickers and Corrupt Police

Argentine Pastor Marcelo Nieva of Pueblo Grande Baptist Church believes drug traffickers and corrupt police were behind an attempt on his life. (Pueblo Grande Baptist Church)
Argentine Pastor Marcelo Nieva of Pueblo Grande Baptist Church believes drug traffickers and corrupt police were behind an attempt on his life. (Pueblo Grande Baptist Church)

One sure way to get the devil angry is to cross drug traffickers and pimps. After all, they’re working for him.

Pastor Marcelo Nieva of Argentina surely knows this. But he also knows a greater truth: God is able to protect His servants from harm by the enemy.

Nieva believes his life was providentially saved on the evening of Oct. 21, when a lone gunman fired multiple rounds from a 9-mm handgun into Nieva’s passing car in an apparent attempt to assassinate the 35-year-old pastor of Pueblo Grande Baptist Church.

Neither Nieva nor his passenger, church member Daniel Carreño, suffered any injuries in the attack, according to a report by Morningstar News on its website.

Church members and other local Christians suspect the pastor may have been targeted in part for helping a single mother in a custody dispute, according to news media reports. Pastor Nieva firmly stated that he is not about to back down from his ministry to drug addicts and victims of abuse, nor from the fight for justice.

“We are struggling and working to uncover the truth of the facts,” he told Morningstar News. “We firmly believe that truth overcomes lies and the light will always vanquish darkness.”

His church has reached out to victims of substance abuse, opened a shelter for battered women, and works to rescue minors from prostitution and sex trafficking.

In their report to Federal Police the following day, Nieva and his attorney, Alejandro Zeverin Escribano, accused “paid hit men with ties to drug traffickers who have infiltrated the Cordoba police, and who seek vengeance for our pastoral action” of carrying out the assassination attempt.

The Federal Court of Cordoba assigned security agents to protect Nieva and Carreño. But that’s all they did. Attorney Zeverin called for a full investigation of the crime and for prosecution of those responsible, the Christian news website reported.

The attempt on the pastor’s life reinforces suspicions in the Argentine Christian community that Nieva’s quest for justice is exposing merely the tip of an immense iceberg of corruption involving police, politicians and criminal gangs in Rio Tercero.

After all, less than a week before the attack, Nieva, Zeverin and elders of Pueblo Grande church met with provincial leaders. They complained about the harassment campaign in Rio Tercero and the “passivity” of local police, who may be in the pocket of organized crime.

Even before the assassination attempt, national and global human-rights organizations had voiced support for Nieva.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Mark Andrews

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