Caravan from Mexico
Caravan from Mexico
The caravan gathered in Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, includes thousands of migrants fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras, Guatamala and other Latin American countries, two Department of Homeland Security officials said. Violent clashes with Mexican police have broken out as desperate migrants try to leave the camp and continue their journey. Camping along the border and bleeding through all along its mere barbed wire fence separating the two countries.
The strongest earthquake in Mexico happened on 09/08/2017 in the region Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco; Guatemala with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 2 km resulted in 98 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions. But the memory of its most deadly earthquake was still like yesterday on many of the people's minds since on September 19, 1985, a powerful earthquake struck Mexico City and left 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured and thousands more homeless. At 7:18 in the morning, the residents of Mexico City were jolted awake by an 8.1-magnitude earthquake, one of the strongest to ever hit the area.
Venezuela's fall is the single largest economic collapse outside of war in at least 45 years, economists say. Shortages of basic supplies became widespread, prompting more than 5.6 million people to leave. Political tug of wars with the Venezuelan military as enforcers made moving forward untenable.
Haiti experienced an earthquake of 7.8 on the richter scale, with their President shortly thereafter assasinated and a 900 strong gang of violent criminals and mercenaries closed of the capital city blocking supplies and intimidating people with fires and guns so that all economy practically ceased with people taking shelter in their homes for as long as they could. Others began to flee by the boatloads to surrounding islands and to the US borders.
These are the crises of the nations that have led to the largest caravan of people coming to the USA. We at Hope Response have been on the front line of response to these as well as collaborating with many entities such as Homeland Security and other NGO's and churches. It was by most Americans unwanted and prompted great protest and resistence thus leading to the desire by many to build a wall. But what is God doing?
Gyms and church halls were set up with cots to receive those processed by border authorities. However, they were brought to unpublished churches in unmarked buses by cover of night to shelter for 3-4 days until facilitating their further destination to be with family or friends. Specific dates to appear before a judge for their asylum determination were given with translation. Hygiene kits were prepared and free shopping of used clothing was made accessible to them. Meals were organized and a warm welcome as they entered the doors. A service with music and the Word of God ministered to their grieving souls with the only comfort that reaches the depths of their pain. A Hope Response tract and Bible was made available to revisit every time along their journey that they felt overwhelmed. What is important to remember is that within many of the number of asylees arriving are those of the church too, facing persecution and great hardship. Also that it is an unprecedented opportunity for the Gospel to be heard within a loving context of ministry.
Power in Numbers