The dangers of mission work

| February 1, 2011

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 curtailing mission trips by many U.S. groups. (For some reason, my wife was not particularly pleased that I brought my middle child, then 11, with me on that assignment.)

Given my personal experiences in Mexico, news coverage of an American missionary’s slaying in northern Mexico this week captured my attention. The tragic death of Nancy Davis has generated quite a bit of media attention, particularly here in the Southwest. The first-day reports that I read Thursday were pretty straightforward (see stories from CNN, Reuters, the San Antonio Express-News and the McAllen Monitor).

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