Yesterday Yesenia was all alone with her three boys under 6 at their new home, a 25 acre camp site 2 miles from the famous San Miguel beach in Ensenada, Baja Californai Mexico. Not very far from us.
Yesenia and her family had just moved there to work with the groups and kinda guide this project, the project to build this Oasis.
"This project is currently being used to hold Christian camps for the orphanage
kids in Baja. In the future, a conference center will be built to hold Christian
conferences for youth, married couples, local churches and children. Eventually,
a Bible College will be built to train up students from all over the country of
Mexico to pastor churches and be the future leaders of Mexico."
It's in it's building stage, so there is no phone lines, and their cell phone doesn't get reception there.
So, imagine if you will her feeling when all of a sudden a vehicle with men with guns come crashing through her gate and busted open the door of her house!
They came in shouting at her to "Get down! Get down!" and asking "Where are the guns?"
"We don't have any guns, we are missionaries!"
Meanwhile she's praying for God's protection and trying to convince her 5 year old to STAY DOWN, and all he wants to do is see what is going on!
And she prayed her husband wouldn't come home just at this moment to walk into all this . . .realizing that she was alone with men with guns she then started to pray for protection over their bodies!
She tells me that the only time she wasn't praying for God's protection was when she was singing to her boys "Jesus Loves Me" so that they wouldn't be afraid.
They asked her a whole bunch of questions and searched the place. After a while . . when they found no guns . . .or it seems anything that interested them they told her that they would need to use her car and to hand over the keys . . .but don't worry she would get her car back. Apparently whomever smashed through the gate just dropped these guys off.
She told them that the keys where in her purse on the counter and they did take off in her car. And you know what?! They did bring the car back. Drove it up her driveway, left it open and without her keys.
And they did take anything either . . . . not her wallet, or anything else of value that was laying around . . .
None the less they spent that night at a friends house.
This has all been unnerving to say the least. Surreal was what I kept saying as she told me of the happenings.
Would you stay? Would you pack up and leave? Yesenia is from San Diego, her husband is a chemist . . they don't "need" to be here by any means . . they are just called..
We are going out there to visit them tomorrow. It is a visit we've had planned for over two weeks. I'll tell you more of how they feel about it then, but so far . . . they plan to stay.