Day in Tijuana

 

The Lord is really working in my heart and I am finding it harder and harder to justify some of my actions. Half of us went to Tiajuana, Mexico today to help out at an orphanage. I have never been to Mexico and so the culture shock was off the scales. I wasn’t expecting the barrage of vendors harassing me to get me into their shops. I was afraid the whole time that I was going to get pickpocketed as well. But the orphanage was the best part of the day. We got to play with the kids and present a vacation Bible school where they learned about Daniel. The director of the orphanage told us about the kids. Many of them came from single mothers engaged in prostitution, many had been raped, many have seen their own family members murdered, many have been rented out in the sex industry for drugs, many of them have to survive by stealing, and many of them have lived on the streets for a long time.

These children were precious and I commend the efforts of the orphanage in raising these children to be raised up as children of God. When it was time to leave I did not want to leave behind the little kid I was playing with. His name was Alberto and he was 10 years old. We couldn’t really communicate beyond that, but we just rode our bikes together in the courtyard for awhile. I wanted to take him with me when I left, but obviously I couldn’t.

When we got back tonight, I sat on the beach after dark and thought about how awful Tiajuana gets at night and I thought about those children who are NOT in the orphanage right now and the things that are happening to them, things that as a grown man I could not handle physically or emotionally. And I think about the darkness that is clouding over that city and I actually started to cry a little bit thinking about them. God is definitely laying it on my heart to be more conscious of the needs and desperations of others and to focus less and less on myself. I am going to be praying for those children everyday and I hope that you will join me.

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4 thoughts on “Day in Tijuana

  1. I am glad that you are getting out to see the real world. Tijuana, I am sorry to say, is not the worst place on earth, but it’s certainly not MN either. How could a merciful God allow this? They are JUST kids!

  2. I know what you mean. However, I think that we shouldn’t be so quick to blame God for what is happening. In our Bible Study this week we are reading from Romans 1 and 2. It’s important to realize that the problems in our world are a direct result of our sinful actions, actions that we have chosen to do.

    We know what God requires, and yet we turn from it and God lets us do it by our own free choice. When I think about it, I realize that NONE of us are better than the rapists and murderers in Tijuana or elsewhere. But most of all, it opens my eyes to see just how merciful God is. He has reached down to us, despite of our terribleness, and offered us the chance to repent of our sins.

    I know how hard it is to see God as merciful when things like this happen, especially to children, but this is not God’s fault.

  3. I agree with you whole-heartedly that this is not God’s fault — it’s the fault of people who are living in poverty and are trying to *survive* in the best way they know how! Remember this when you look at the world: people do not sell themselves into the sex trade as a result of their lack of belief in one deity or another. They CHOOSE to sell themselves (or their children) out of DESPERATION and lack of resources! This is the best (and sometimes ONLY) way they know how to survive!

    Judging people is easy from a bubble in Minnesota. It’s a little bit different once you start to see the world around you. I suggest going back to Tijuana and find out the real reason that those kids are in the orphanage, my friend. Only THEN you’ll begin to understand the true causes of evil in the world.

  4. Yes, I agree that even believers can do horrible things in order to survive. We must be careful, though, not to justify sin and bad choices because of someone’s circumstances. Sin is sin, no matter if you are rich or poor.

    The root of sin is our own stubbornness, our inability to let God have His rightful place in our lives. So maybe its not your fault that you are born into poverty, however, you cannot blame your sin on someone else’s. As hard as it is to make hard choices and sacrifices, we must, and we will be held accountable for our actions, no matter if we are the murderer, or the murderee.

    With that being said, it is important for us to tell people about the one way that they can be redeemed. And so it is my goal and mission to bring that message to everyone because no matter if we see the root of our sin, THAT is the only way that we will be able to remove sin from our lives.

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