Friday, February 03, 2012
MORE ON MEXICO
I lived in Monterrey for years. I am also proud of my pastors who are moving forward. I supply funds but they are doing a terrific job of reaching the people.
"Violence has escalated in Mexico, forcing many missionaries to rethink their deployment. John Herrin served with The Mission Society in Monterrey until recently. "When we first moved to Monterrey over three years ago, it was one of the safest cities in Latin America, not just Mexico," he explains. "And in a very brief time, the city just changed ... There's a sense of tension in the air, a sense of fear in the city."
Herrin says the increased violence forced them to make some decisions about staying in Mexico: (TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THIS) "When driver's training began to include how to respond to a shoot out and how to drop to the floor-board of the car, we realized we weren't sure our kids should be involved in this." This stark reality helped them make their decision to leave Monterrey.
Many American missionaries are leaving Mexico, Herrin says, and the church has experienced a great deal of uncertainty. He explains, "A lot of funding began to drop off, and the church began saying, 'What are we going to do?' Then, the violence began to hit, again the church said, 'What are we going to do?'"
Herrin says the Holy Spirit is empowering people. "The church there is stepping up. They are developing their own plan," he says. "They're going out, and they're reaching out. And they're doing things that they haven't done before because they haven't had to."
Herrin says there may be the silver lining in all of this: "We're now [being reminded] that God is doing it. It's not me doing it. It's not those missionaries over there. This really is the continuation of God's church."
Herrin says he still goes back to Monterrey once a month for ministry. "The easy thing [to do] is to give up and walk away," he says. "The thing that God calls us to is to be faithful. If God calls us to it, we need to be about it, and God will be with us. He'll carry us through it and over it."