Presumably our friends who read our blog know that Mexico is a nation struggling with corruption and war. Not that this is news. It’s been true for centuries with some pockets of time & places better than others.
Currently, there are some pockets of violence related to the war between the government and the drug lords and at the same time between drug lords themselves. These are troubling times. Throw in the upheaval on the USA side of the border and consider the pot stirred.
A week ago the men from our ministry team met with our mission’s appointed point person for security issues here in Mexico. I don’t think we learned anything that was surprising or news to us but we did come away with some important ideas for us to deal with as a team. We need to formulate a plan for evacuation and/or isolation should we find ourselves in an emergency situation regarding security.
One thing that struck me is our upcoming mission trip to Iowa to speak to kids about missions and share with them some important truths concerning the Great Commission. Last summer when I first suggested our willingness to come to Iowa to do this, I had in mind a drive through Dallas so we could pick up our school materials for the coming year. However, I did not foresee the increase in violence along the northern border areas on the eastern side of the country of Mexico. Most of this had been contained in the central and western portions of the northern regions last year. The violence continues to spread and while not as widespread as along the border, it appears to be getting closer. We’re all watching this and taking notes.
That’s pretty much the “Violencia” part of the title of this post. I presume you can figure out that the word means “violence” in English. “Vuelos” are flights. This comes as a result of the violence. Beth and I have decided and our team leader is in solid agreement that it would be wise to fly to Iowa rather than drive. There are a number of reasons why this is a better choice.
One reason is that we avoid the riskier drive through Mexico north of here. Another is we’ll have a very long month-long home assignment late this summer that will no doubt be enough driving to wear us out all by itself. This drive to Iowa and back would be nearly 4,000 miles r/t in less than 2 weeks. That’s tiring. Checking the various options, the best option is to fly to Chicago and rent a car. It’s quite a bit more expensive to fly from here to Des Moines or anywhere else in that region. The upside to all that is we’ll be traveling without the boys for about 11 days. We’ve never been away from the kids that long which may be a challenge but to have some time together will be special for us as well. We’ll take a day or two and celebrate our 19th anniversary (coming up in early August when we’ll be in the middle of a work team) by touring a bit of Chicago. Finally, we’ll also have the opportunity to visit with Beth’s sister in the Chicagoland area. We saw them last July and we didn’t think we’d see them and their four kiddos until fall of next year. This will be nice too.
All-in-all, it’s great to see the Lord work out our plans this way. We hadn’t seen it coming. We’re still preparing for the messages at the Iowa camp. We’d appreciate your prayers for this. I’m sure Beth’s mom will appreciate your prayers too as she’s been entrusted with watching the boys during our absence. We’ll be flying out June 11 and flying back June 22.