Things aren't going so well down south of the border these days. Mexico has become a war zone. As we've been reporting here on this blog, things have really gotten worse over the past year. The violence here is staggering - on one hand we've got drug cartels here that make al-Queda look like the Girl Scouts and on the other there has been a horrifying increase in kidnappings. Kidnappings used to only affect Mexico's wealthy upper class but now the growing middle class is being targeted. Reported kidnappings are up 9 percent this year - 65 per day, according to the Associated Press.
The outrage among ordinary Mexican citizens has grown so much that mounting public pressure has pushed the government to open a well-funded special anti-kidnapping unit with nationwide jurisdiction and the president is set to announce a comprehensive, 74-point anti-crime plan. Special anti-kidnapping public marches have been called this weekend for citizens to take to the streets and express their outrage. The demonstrations are taking place in 55 large cities in all 32 Mexican states and millions of people are expected to march. As I type this, a TV news station is reporting that there are more than one million marchers demonstrating in Mexico City (see pic at left taken just hours ago). Nearly all of them are dressed completely in white.
Please pray for this country. It's hard to sit and watch and not want to get involved but we feel our best involvement is to keep on doing what we're doing - raising up and discipling quality, competent men and women of character who will go out and make the needed difference in their country. The corruption and violence which are so embedded in the culture can only be overcome by people committed to the Kingdom of God. There is no other answer to Mexico's problems. It is time, however, for the church to rise up and be the light it's been called to be..."your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven..."