One morning in early August I received a call… “Pastor Steve, can you come to Mexico and help us?” It turned out that on the previous Saturday two of the young men in the church’s praise band had been shot outside of the pastor’s home. They were returning some instruments when a car with cartel members in it drove up and started shooting at another man standing nearby.
Even though 40 rounds were fired all three men miraculously survived, but the church was shaken. We dropped everything and went to help. As we arrived that Sunday we were told of a letter they had received the night before with threatening statements and the pastors were concerned for the victims and their families.
Call to prayer and fasting
God helped Kathy and I as we brought words of encouragement and counsel. We encouraged the pastor to call the church to a time of fasting and prayer, focusing on the true enemy, the ruling spir- its who controlled the cartel members. As of today the church is safe, but we must continue to pray.