|(Hands in the air is a call for silence...)|
Listening to the news has been disheartening. One of the buildings that collapsed was a school - elementary and Jr. High. Teachers died and children died. Watching the rescue of children was just beyond words. I can not even imagine being one of the parents.
It has been reported that there have been 326 deaths between all the affected areas (Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Morelia, and Mexico City). However, they are still digging through the ruins.
So, of course a plea was sent out through every imaginable venue: FaceBook, Instagram, Newspapers, Radio, Television, and WhatsApp. What to give, how, and where. There were locations put up all over Guadalajara (and likely in other cities and states as well) for people to donate food and clothing to those who had lost everything.
Then came the outcry of the people. The government was not stepping in to give aid. The political parties were grabbing the stuff being donated and putting their party stickers on it. They were accused of stopping the caravans of aid and directing them to their political party warehouses to use later in the run for office (i.e. to buy votes). 2018 is election year here.
It is so hard to know how to help. We feel like our hands are tied. We desire to help but we want to help the actual people who are in need. The corruption is hard to deal with. You want to trust that the donations are getting to all those hurting people but it looks like you just can't be certain.
The Mexican people are up in arms with their corrupt government leaders. Their is a cry of outrage. Their own people are hurting, suffering and all they can think about is how this can be used to their advantage.
Pray for Christ followers in Mexico, that we will be an example of Christ's love, goodness, and demonstrate values and attitudes reflective of His kingdom. Our world so badly needs a demonstration of integrity, love, compassion, and self-less honesty!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEZy-Cl_v4Y VIDEO OF RESCUE AT SCHOOL