"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Thursday, July 21, 2011

MEXICAN BORDERS (2): Zeta gang origins

     You might also like to read Cyndi Jacobs' amazing account at Mexico Report of the Cinco de Mayo Prayer Initiative April 15-May 5, a 21-day fast by Christians all over the world. She writes, "Houses of prayer in border cities fasted and prayed during this time as well--even for a continuous 24 hours on the 5th of May." 
     The 21 days of prayer culminated in Cyndi and Mike Jacobs joining 29 other evangelical American leaders to meet Mexican President Calderon and Secretary of State Dr. Poire (both educated at Harvard) and having lunch with the President, his wife Margarita, and the Secretary of their Homeland Security. In her report she shares Dr. Poire's summary of how the Zeta gang came into power, including how our country's lifting of the assault weapons ban in 2004 provided primarily non-violent narco-traffickers with access to the kind of weapons they needed for violent confrontations.  
     A quote from Cyndi's account: "After a time, we were able to ask [the president] questions as well. At one point, I was able to voice what many of us had expressed privately to one another, “Mr. President, I believe I can say that many of us have felt both embarrassment and sorrow at some of the things we have heard today about how our nation has caused so many problems for your nation.“ I went on to ask his forgiveness for our greed for money, drugs and lust. Many leaders shook their heads in agreement. It was a snapshot in time that I will personally never forget. I don’t think it was just my imagination, but there was a tangible change in the atmosphere at that point. At the very least, I was greatly relieved to have had a moment to share the heaviest of heart I had felt after hearing the Mexican side of our border problems. We, as Americans, cannot point fingers at “them” without taking a hard look at ourselves. . .
     "If that was all we had accomplished that day, it would have been monumental, however, that night was the “icing on the cake” as we say in Texas. After a brief stop at the hotel, we drove around an hour in the usual Mexico City traffic jams to the convention center for a night of prayer. About 800 pastors and leaders had been invited from every state in Mexico to join us. Thousands joined the leaders as we asked God to heal our borders.
     "Ron Luce of Teen Mania prayed for the youth, Larry Stockstill shared what God had shown him for the nation. Billy Wilson of Empowered 21, John Robb of the International Prayer Council, pastors of several large U.S. churches, and many others prayed—Mexican as well as American. The flags of both nations stood on either side of the podium. A video had been made for prayer points to aid us in informed intercession.
     "The full results of our twenty-one days of prayer and that one night’s intercession are still to be made known. We do know that the week before the police had closed down the oldest area of prostitution and 60 woman and girls had been rescued. Now that was worth the whole journey to hear!"

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