Is Baja a safe place for you and your family to minister in?
This question is surfacing more and more. Probably you have heard the news stories, media reports, and advisories regarding travel safety in Mexico, including the Tijuana area. At BCM we want to address this concern from the perspective of an organization that works in Mexico on a daily basis.
Since 1991 BCM has helped facilitate tens of thousands, of house building and ministry teams over the border who have served with us particularly between Tijuana and Tecate. In all that time, we have not witnessed nor seen one case of violence of the type being reported in the news, not even one, thanks to God’s amazing grace, guidance, and protection! Our great God has graciously protected all of our hundreds of teams, staff members, partners, and families.
At BCM we believe some balance and perspective should be brought to these “warnings and reports” which stir fear and stop some from going into this important mission field. No doubt there is some substance to this concern, yet much has been blown out of proportion as to its actual danger. This may sound absurd to you, but I believe there is a greater chance and danger of being hit and killed by a reckless or drunk driver in the USA than there is of ever even seeing a gunfight in Tijuana or being in a bullet’s pathway. Yet we get in our cars every day without fear…
As a country, we have experienced riots in Watts, drive-by shootings in LA, horrible mass murders at Columbine and other colleges, yet we don’t see warnings saying, “Don’t go there!” Some of us live less than an hour away from where crimes like these have taken place or are still happening. We didn’t leave town and go to another state! Often we have just as dangerous stuff happening in our own backyards yet we live amongst it proceeding with wisdom and caution. We need to do the same in Baja! We need to go and not hold back!
In most recent years at BCM God has given us a wide open door to enter the prison system. In 2017 alone we have had nearly 1,000 prisoners go through One Million Disciples program.
Also in 2017 we had a team enter a prison in Culiacan, Mexico to share the Gospel and make disciples. This prison holds many of those who worked in the organizations that causes violence issues. We are thankful that God is sovereign and allowing the Gospel to get to the root of the violence issue.