As a new resident of El Paso, I am learning every day new lessons about living on the Border of the United States and Mexico. Since my arrival just weeks ago the sights and sounds of violence confront me on a daily basis.
A couple of weeks ago the bullets struck the El Paso city hall fired from an AK47 from across the river. These bullets were strays from a gun battle on the streets of Juarez. The city hall sits less than a mile from the facilities of the church I lead and serve.
A few weeks ago a teenager who was throwing rocks at a border patrol agent was shot and killed on the Mexico side of the river.
Last week a car bomb when off in an attack on the authorities in Juarez.
Just an hour ago CNN reported:
(CNN) — A graffiti message on a wall in Juarez, Mexico, warns of a car bombing if U.S. authorities do not look into alleged ties between Mexican federal police and drug traffickers, a police spokesman said Monday.
“Yes, another ‘narcopinta’ was spray-painted on a primary school wall Sunday night,” Jacinto Seguro, a spokesman for the Juarez Municipal Police, told CNN, using the Spanish-language name for the message. “It threatens another car bombing in 15 days if the DEA and FBI don’t investigate the federal police ties to El Chapo.”
To top things off, one of the mission leaders in my church asked us to pray in staff meeting for the president of a seminary in Juarez who was threatened by a cartel to either pay up or his family would be victims of violence. Currently the president has resigned his post, and his family is in hiding.
Living in the valley of the shadow of death strikes fear in the heart and rattles the nerves. I am thankful that the LORD reminds us that we have nothing to fear because HE IS WITH US!
Pray for the Border. Pray for those behind the senseless violence that God will turn their hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.
I am increasingly convinced “Jesus is the Answer”–the only Answer!