Mexico at War (pray for Mexico in 2009)

by Jim on 11 January 2009


Two years ago I wrote about CBC’s article that put Mexico as one of the top 5 conflict zones in the world (the other four were Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Sudan).  Sadly, the situation has not changed.

Many people are surprised to hear Mexico talked about as a war zone.  But conflicts in the state of Oaxaca, as well as the war with drug cartels, are not news to the people living here.  Little by little, the world is taking notice.

The Los Angeles Times recently put up a page summarizing the latest news on the drug war in Mexico.  Taking a look at the page, you’ll see it’s not small news – since the CBC article was published

  • 6,836 people have died in drug-related deaths (actually, that’s only up to November 2008.  The number is higher now.  And we could also talk about other violence, and kidnappings, not included in this number)
  • 45,000 troops have been deployed
  • 5000 federal police have been deployed
  • There have been 439 deaths in our state (State of Mexico) alone

Now I don’t write this so you’ll fear for our safety – that’s in God’s hands as always.  But I do want to let you know what people are thinking about here, and this is a big one.

Everyday the newspapers bring news of violence, executions, government officials suspected of corruption, kidnappings, and a government trying to deal with it all.  Just a few days ago I heard another report – that the three most dangerous countries for journalists are – Iraq, India and Mexico!

Of course we believe that there is Good News that can bring people hope and change lives.  That should be your prayer for the millions of Mexico (roughly 110,600,000 people live in Mexico now).

But we also need to pray for peace and justice (1Tim 2:1-4).  Though fear can drive people to the Lord, the violence can also hinder the progress of the Gospel (humanly speaking!), and people need to hear the Gospel before they can respond (Rom 10:11-17).

So as you remember Mexico in 2009, pray that God would bring peace and justice, and that the Gospel would spread as never before.  Mexico needs your prayers – Remember Mexico!

Thanks to ¡Pure Vida! for the link to the LA Times article.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Amrita January 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Dear Brother Jim,
We are living in similar territory. Life is very insecure here we are completely in God ‘s hands
Liked your volcano video.
I ‘d like to try a voice blog but don’ t have a program for it.

I don ‘t have an ipod also. Can you suggest a free program

I can download. Thanks.

Jim January 17, 2009 at 8:11 am

Thanks, Amrita. It’s great to know we’re in His hands, isn’t it? 🙂

I don’t have an ipod either. I prefer the iriver clix for recording, and I understand iriver is coming out with some new models soon.

However, you can record from home with just a computer mic. A great program for recording and editing is Audacity, which is a free download.

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