Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Pray for Oaxaca!

Oaxaca, the city in Mexico that we live in, has not been very peaceful lately. It all started on May 22nd when the public school teachers decided to strike. Now the teachers here strike every year in order to get a pay raise, but it normally only lasts a couple of weeks and they get what they want. But this year it has been almost 3 months. At times it has even been violent.

Now we have not directly experienced any of this violence, just heard about it. One thing that happened was the riot police came and tried to kick the teachers out of the town square. They had helicopters, tear gas, and guns. Three of the teachers were killed in this attack but they still came out on top. So now no one will do anything against them and crime is running a bit rampant. People have been robed, banks have been robed, and people have been assaulted.

For now we are just using wisdom, praying for this city, and trying to stay informed of the happenings. Also tourism is a big money maker for this state and because of all the problems, revenues from tourism are down like 75%. This situation is affecting all of Oaxaca, many of our friends are not making the money they need in order to provide for their families.

I will try to keep everyone updated on what is going on down here. I wish I had photos, and will try to get some soon to show you.


Blogger Tanya Kangas said...

Wow! That is crazy! Thanks for keeping us updated and we will definately be praying for your family, your friends, and Oaxaca. God's abundant peace upon you!

9:29 AM


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