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Love for Jaurez

Photo by Raymond Aguirre

Leave it to a youth worker to do the obvious. Juarez, Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on Earth. There are 5 or 6 murders per day. And yet Carlos Mayorga and his tiny church across the border, have decided to make it known that God loves Juarez, it’s people, and the murderers will not stand unpunished.

As I listened to this story on NPR this week tears streamed down my face. I can’t even imagine how this youth worker pulls this off (with parents, logistics, culture) but it so deeply resonates to hear these young men and women doing something so simple yet, so dangerous, and in many ways so faithful.

The van pulls up in front of a supermarket at a busy intersection.

The angels, well rehearsed, take their positions on street corners and medians. They stand on folding chairs in long white robes, so that they look like giants.

And then they freeze.

Mayorga says he got the idea from the “living statues” who earn tips from tourists.

An angel standing under an overpass holds a sign that reads, “Assassin repent, Christ loves you.” Another stands next to a lady selling red chili with a sign that says, “Corrupt police, seek God.” Yet another holds a sign that reads, “Enough kidnapper! Look for God.”

The signs reflect the sentiments of the residents of this violence-weary metropolis. A factory worker named Ramiro Mendez with a sack full of groceries watches from the sidewalk, transfixed.

“It’s good what they’re doing because of the violence there is,” he says. “I hope no one hurts them.”

It’s all about context, right? 

Read the rest of the story and listen to the audio here

3 thoughts on “Love for Jaurez

  1. I love this story! The part about them pulling up to crime scenes and holding up signs that say “Corrupt police, seek God” is just incredible. 

  2. just met a youth pastor randomly at a mall in Massachusetts who recently stopped taking his group to Juarez but continues to take the adult leaders to Juarez. Glad to hear that youth are still venturing to dangerous spots of the world after all Christ doesn’t call us to live completely safe comfortable lifestyles.

  3. this is an incredible story that shows boldness and a willingness to speak out without typical “christian” judgement. Peace is definitely the message that must be shared, but what will be the cost of that communication is still yet to be known.  i believe that unfortunately some of these youth are going to make some significant sacrifices, ones that most of us would never dream of.

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