the communication shared by the US government is on target. That is the warning we have agreed with and follow for a few years now...unnecessary traveling must be avoided...we have not traveled outside of the cities we have concentrated to work on for the last four years. For our teams that have visited us (38 teams last year and hope to finish this year with almost 50), we have assured that all cautions are taken while in Mexico...we don't go to places after dark unless we feel it's safe, and always are with the teams when they go out for dinner. It is a good warning if US citizens are traveling alone.
In our case, first of all, we trust in God's sovereignty and that He is in charge and His people are doing his will and that there are risks everywhere. We strongly feel that going on a mission is necessary, for everybody where ever they go. Then we think we are being very responsible on our invitation to come and work with us and we try to have people from the community with the teams at all times. Finally, we believe that even the cartel or mafia people understand our partnership with the teams and they respect your motivation and dedication to serve the people in Mexico and they leave us alone for that reason.
The US government is doing its job and we are doing our job...nobody can promise that nothing will happen. We must be ready for anything and that is part of the commitments of UMVIM teams, right? The gun battle we have experienced lately are very small and in small pockets of our cities; we don't even hear about them until later, and people in our cities of more that 500K people like Reynosa and Matamoros, continue with their normal daily activities.
The only other thing I can shared, is that we must provide faith growing experiences to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and missions is one of the best ways to provide these. As your missionary, I feel responsible for sharing accurate information about the safety in the area I work at the most...I will always be ready to tell your teams not to come when I feel that will be the right call...please feel free to ask or comment about this and share this with other VIM coordinators. Thanks.
Regardless of destination, we highly encourage teams and individuals traveling for mission purposes to take advantage of our insurance, which also covers trip interruption. More information can be found on our Insurance FAQ page. We also encourage all teams to check with the US State Department for any warnings before traveling.
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.
U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued January 9, 2014, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.