Violence in Mexico Keeps Missionaries Close to Home

| March 16, 2011

A Plano church that has spent years working in Mexico has refocused its missionaries because of drug wars there.

Bruce Dicus, a youth pastor, did not miss a missionary trip to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, in 17 years until two years ago.

"I miss going there," he said. "Serving God with your hands is one aspect."

As spring break approaches, Dicus is preparing the Cross Bend Christian Church's youth group for its next mission — a trip to Dallas to do some repairs on a the building of a local charity as well as work serving food to homeless people in soup kitchens.

The kids are enthusiastic about helping, but they long to go to the community across the border from El Paso.

"I'm disappointed for the people there," 18-year-old Cody Humes said. "They're stuck down there."

The Texas Department of Safety is advising students on spring break to avoid northern Mexico and some resort cities because of drug cartel violence and other crime problems.

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