INLAND: Churches canceling Mexico missions

| February 4, 2012

As drug-related violence continues to ravage parts of Mexico, a mounting number of churches in the Inland area and nationwide are canceling missions for fear that volunteers might get caught up in the maelstrom.

Riverside’s Grove Community Church, which has been going to Mexico for 35 years, recently canceled a planned trip for this month to the Guadalajara area after pastors, missionaries and the U.S. consulate there warned of a spike in drug battles.

Highland’s Immanuel Baptist Church and the Seventh-day Adventist La Sierra University in Riverside are among other Inland institutions that have stopped going to Mexico.

More than 50,000 people have died in drug-related violence in the past five years, according to Mexican media reports.

Precise figures on trip cancellations are unavailable, but Howard Culbertson, an expert on religious missions, estimates that the number of missions to Mexico has fallen by more than half in the past few years. The economy may have been a small factor, but the violence appears to be by far the primary reason, he said.


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