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Murders to Minors

Mon, 6 Feb 2012

This past week I've been shocked and overwhelmed by the news of kids getting killed at school, at home, and while visiting family. Kids shouldn't have to worry about their safety. But in many of our at-risk communities, it's another reminder of the daily struggles and fears they experience.

One of our partners in San Diego just sent me this tragic report of one of his kids who was executed while visiting family just across the border in Mexico. Read it and pray that God's grace and justice will prevail in a world filled with evil and inhumanity.

We have teams serving in San Diego this summer, it's not to late to spend a week making a difference in many lives. Call us now if you feel God calling you to go and share good news.

Yesterday I received a heartbreaking phone call from David Torres, principal at San Ysidro Middle School.  He informed me that one of their 13-year-old students, Ulysses Castrejon, was murdered over the weekend in Tijuana.  While at a family gathering, gunmen entered the house and killed him execution-style along with his grandfather and uncle.

More details about the story can be found on the 10 News web site:

Please pray for God's comfort, peace, and hope to be real for students and families as they grieve.

Mr. Torres asked me to share a few words at the school's memorial service this afternoon at 4pm.  Please pray that God would give me His words and His heart for the students and families.  Right now, I feel crushed by this incident and am not sure what to say.  I know the students are really struggling to make sense of all this.

Just last Thursday, UYC hosted a school assembly for all 7th and 8th graders at San Ysidro Middle School.  As an 8th grader, Ulysses would have been in the audience that day.  It is tragic to return to the school a week later under such painful circumstances.

Yet I know that God builds relationships between schools and the faith-community for "such a time as this."  That's why we do what we do on campuses everyday.

Please keep the entire student body, their families, the faculty, and administrators at San Ysidro Middle School in your prayers.  Thanks for your prayers and support.  With God's strength, we can all get through this.

Trusting in Jesus,


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