Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Victims get it!
My nephew and his family are missionaries in Venezuela, at least for now. A few weeks ago while making a pastoral visit, the house they were visiting was robbed by masked, armed men.
The gun was put to Nathan's head and the men took everything they could get. Marllorys, who is pregnant with their second child, was told to lay her head down and not watch as they killed her husband. The armed men started asking questions and when they discovered that he was a pastor, it seems to have scared them off. They left without shooting. The two year old daughter was in another room and thankfully, did not see any of this.
They are trying to get to the US so that their second child will have American citizenship. Nathan is American but has not lived enough years consecutively in the states to pass on that citizenship. Marllorys is Venezuelan. They plan to return to the states next week, but her Venezuelan passport has not yet been renewed.
Pray that the passport will arrive in time. My son, who is also Venezuelan, has been waiting for over 3 years for his passport. They seem to not want to give young adults the ability to leave the country.
When I talked with Marllorys about the robbery, I found her reaction to be quite similar to mine when I was caught in the cross fire of two gangs with my children. I am willing to die if need be, but,when my child is threatened....well, that's another story altogether! As foreign missionaries, we often are not allowed to own guns over seas, so I understand the feeling of vulnerability this brings in the face of violence.
The following video clip is the testimony of a young lady who also was under armed attack and watched her parents die. The video is older, but she says what needs to be said in regards to the 2nd amendment.