The BWM received the message below from the family of Phil Raiford, a missionary partner serving in Mexico. After sending out the urgent call for prayer regarding gun violence in his community, this information follows up on that request and gives the sad details of this ongoing situation. We ask that you pray for Phil and his family (soon expecting a brand new baby daughter!) as well as those who have been wounded and the families of those who have been killed.
The BWM offers the St. Francis Prayer listed in the Book of Common Prayer, and encourages you to join in this prayer with us as we call for healing and an end to violence.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where theres is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
THE MESSAGE FROM PHIL:
Hello everyone, many of you heard about the tragedy in Juquila through Facebook and we thank you for your prayers and responses to those posts.
First, we are safe and things have calmed down in the village, however the conflict is not over. Right now there are 350 men, women and children who have been run out of their homes by gunfire seeking refuge in our village. They are in need of clothes, as many left their homes at night running for more than 4 hours through the woods without any possessions. Our village is helping to feed the families, inviting them into homes during meal times, but as you can imagine it is hard for already poor families to support other families for a long period of time. The government had promised a delivery of food, but that has not shown up yet. I am in Oaxaca right now collecting clothes to give out, along with some simple toys for the children. Our friends here in Oaxaca have been very helpful and responsive to our petition for clothes. We may have to organize a food drive for the village if the government doesn’t come through with their promise to deliver food.
Our family will be out of the village next week, waiting for the arrival of Hannah next month. I will continue to travel to the village, helping with food and clothing needs. We will also be taking up the psyche team some time in the next two weeks. If you would like to help with the cause we could use your help. Right now we are helping out of our own pocket, but we could use any help we can get. If you would like to donate please go to our website http://cten.org/