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Texas DPS discourages Spring Break travel to Mexico

| March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

March 1, 2011 DPS discourages Spring Break travel to Mexico Reminds boaters of dangers on Falcon Lake The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico because of continued violence—and reminding boaters to stay on the U.S. side of Falcon Lake. Falcon Lake has been the scene of several […]

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The dangers of mission work

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Over the years, I have made a number of trips south of the U.S. border with short-term mission groups, both with my church and as a reporter for The Associated Press and The Christian Chronicle. Two years ago, while visiting San Diego, I spent an afternoon in Tijuana, Mexico, interviewing church leaders about drug-gang violence […]

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Texas missionary slain by gunmen in Mexico

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

DALLAS (AP) — A woman described by police as a U.S. missionary died at a South Texas hospital Wednesday after her husband brought her mortally wounded over a Rio Grande bridge from Mexico, where he said she had been shot in the head by gunmen in a pickup truck. The husband relayed to Texas authorities […]

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Allen church cancels mission trip to Mexico

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Long after drug-related violence caused most U.S. churches and ministries to stop crossing the Mexican border for mission work, Suncreek United Methodist Church of Allen continued. But now even Suncreek has canceled a house-building trip to the Ciudad Juarez area. The five-member group was set to leave Thursday and return Jan. 31. “I’m heartbroken,” said […]

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FBI still examining reported kidnapping of pastor

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

FBI officials Tuesday announced that the investigation continues into the reported abduction of a Guymon, Okla., pastor, who was kidnapped while in Mexico last week. Refugio Villa, 45, the pastor at the First Hispanic Baptist Church in Guymon, showed up at a border checkpoint in New Mexico on Friday night, a little more than a […]

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FBI investigates reported kidnapping of pastor

| October 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

A Guymon, Okla., pastor, who was believed to have been kidnapped in Mexico earlier this week, was found unharmed at a border checkpoint. Clay Simmonds, an FBI special agent and spokesman, said officials found Refugio Villa, 45, Friday at the Columbus border crossing re-entry point in New Mexico. "He is back in the United States," […]

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Priest, 80, found murdered in Mexican state of Oaxaca

| July 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – An 80-year-old priest was murdered July 28 in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, where church officials say attacks on prelates have become distressingly common. Father Carlos Salvador Wotto, pastor of the Our Lady of the Snows Parish in the central part of the state capital, Oaxaca, was found at approximately 6 […]

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Border violence cancels more Mexico missions

| May 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

For 22 years, Rick and Sherry Owens have led American mission teams all over Mexico — with nobody hurt or killed. And “that is how it is going to end,” Rick Owens said in a recent e-mail to supporters. The former Alaska oilfield worker has helped build more than 150 church buildings in Mexico. He […]

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Violence keeps mission team from Mexico

| May 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

For the past 20 years, youth and adults from First Presbyterian Church have traveled annually to Mexico for mission work, but for the second year in a row, Mexico will not be their destination this summer. Instead, they're going to work on a school for the deaf in Jamaica. "We are unable to go (to […]

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Officials: Gunmen kill 1, kidnap 4 at Mexico church

| May 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Gunmen stormed into a church in the middle of a wedding ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Friday, kidnapping the groom and three others, and killing one before fleeing, state prosecutors told CNN Saturday. "It's unclear if this was gang or drug related," Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said, adding the incident […]

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Ahwatukee church cancels mission to Mexico

| May 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Mountain Pointe senior Brandon Kaehr was eagerly anticipating his post-graduation trip this month to northern Baja, where his home church has traveled annually to build houses for the needy. It would have been Kaehr's fourth trip to Mexico with a contingent from Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee, which since 1993 has had more than […]

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Priests and Parishes Threatened by Drug Cartels

| April 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference acknowledged in a statement on April 14 that Mexican priests have suffered numerous threats of violence, kidnapping and extortion from the nation’s narcotics-trafficking cartels. The conference also confirmed that a growing number of priests—mostly serving in remote and mountainous areas rife with illegal drug trade activities—have been transferred to other parishes, […]

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Church targeted in Mexico violence: Residents rush to put out fire after attempted arson

| April 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

A group of armed men tried to burn down a Catholic church in the Valley of Juarez after warnings for everyone to leave. A watchman for the church located in El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico, across the border from Fort Hancock, said the armed commandos tried to break down the structure's large wooden front door near […]

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Violence in Mexico impacts spring break plans

| March 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Recent violence across Mexico has impacted spring break and mission trips to the country. Last week, news agencies reported the shooting of two American citizens in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. In the western state of Guerrero, at least 25 people were killed in a series of violent acts March 13. In addition, the […]

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Mission will procede with caution

| March 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

For more than 20 years, spring break has been synonymous with a trip to Mexico for many members of Ashland's First Baptist Church. Every March a bus filled with students and chaperones rolls south on Interstate 5, bound for the El Sauzal Orphanage near the city of Ensenada, in Baja California. Typically, the Oregonians stop […]

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