Safety in Mexico: Al and Rosa Castro share their insights
Below is a blog article written by Al and Rosa Castro, employees of Azusa Pacific University, and the Directors of Rancho El Refugio, in Ensenada, Mexico.
As missionaries called to Mexico, Rosa and I have made our home in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, for 13 wonderful years.
Having been born in Bronx, New York, in the mid fifties and moved from state to state; my father being an interim pastor, we lived in urban cities such as Hartford, New London, and Groton, Connecticut, Holyoke and Springfield, Massachusetts, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. These were then areas of uncertainty and fear for me. Then Los Angeles, California, where I grew up, went to junior and high school in the seventies and eighties where the worst gangs in the nation at the time, the “Bloods and “Crips”, were fighting for territory in our neighborhood.
Rosa and I met, married and had children and moved around the areas of north, south, east and west of Los Angeles.
Having lived in gang infested areas, dealt with earthquakes, and then with the Rodney King Riot in 1992; those were the scariest times of our lives where uncertainty ruled the day. Were it not for the Lord and His promises for His protection and safety I would not have known and experienced calm and His protection when I drove the streets of Los Angeles during curfew at 4 and 5 in the morning to go to work at a defense contractor aerospace company, and being stopped, questione, and searched at military checkpoints almost every 5 miles. Today my mother and brothers still live, work and raise children in these areas.
Living in Mexico is the place of our prosperity. As it says in Jeremiah 29.7 Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper." That has become so. We feel no fear when driving and ministering in areas less visited by Americans. Ensenada is where the Lord has placed us and where He has protected us and we have experienced His safety and security. We have seen Him stop a raging fire literally at our fence. We have seen young people’s lives changed. We have seen children receive and accept the Gospel; we have seen a community changed because a place of gathering was built in their neighborhood.
Friends, I encourage you to seek the Lord and believe that He has sent you and will continue to do so. Don’t withhold His blessings on your lives and the lives of the people of Mexico because of fear and the intimidating news.
Remember the words of (Isaiah 43.1c, 2, 3a) "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD, your God,
Al & Rosa Castro
Missionaries in Ensenada
Baja California, Mexico