Untold Missions Story: Mexico Drug Violence Driving People to Jesus Christ
When missionaries and pastors serving in Mexico discuss drug violence, a common theme emerges. People are suffering and dying in terrible ways, they say, but the fear this creates is driving unprecedented numbers of Mexicans â€“ especially teens and twenty-somethings â€“ into the arms of Christ.
"Victory in Jesus, that's what's happening in Mexico," says missionary Mary Stroud. "There has always been violence there, but now what used to be done in darkness is being brought into the light."
She and her husband, Matthew, served for two years in northern Tamaulipas state â€“ one of the most violent in Mexico, and the stomping grounds of the Zetas, the most brutal and notorious cartel. For security reasons, they asked that their real names not be used, as they are still ministering in Mexico. The Zetas sometimes murder people merely for talking about them....
What a pity that people have to be smacked on the head by God to make them realize they are part of the Elect. Of course, the eternal rewards are so much greater than a lifetime of smooth sailing. Facing Troubles As God's Child