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.


19 comments:

Mrs. C said...

I am so, so sorry! Even saying I'm praying for you guys sounds so nothing. I hope this gets resolved very soon!!!!

Dawn said...

Our pastor's son married a Peruvian girl when he was working there as a volunteer missionary. Now they've been appointed as career missionaries and are in Argentina (they were going to Paraguay originally, but plans changed). Her status makes life a bit more difficult and interesting, too.

How sad this story is! I didn't think there were any missionaries left there.

Jungle Mom said...

Dawn, there are still some missionaries in the cities. It was in the jungle that all the expulsions happened. However, a lot of missionaries even in the cities are not being allowed to renew their Visas as they expire.
Marllorys is Venezuelan so that makes it 'easier' in some ways and more difficult in other ways.

Anonymous said...

I will pray for them. Our experience with nationals getting travel documents such as passports and visas has been frustrating, at best. However, as frustrating as it is in VZ, sometimes it seems our own immigration authorities are as bad. The only difference here is that it is incompetence in the US, not the malice it is in VZ and bribery is not required in the US...yet.

I will also pray for their safety. Security is a critical issue in VZ and getting worse. We are constantly praying for our friends and co-workers' safety. We especially pray for those living in the house in Cabudare.

FJ said...

Yes, killing missionaries and clergy don't make for good PR.

Starla said...

Praise the Lord that God was watching over your nephew and his wife and child.

I don't really like guns, but we have one just in case someone tries to come in our home. We should have that right. I don't understand why it is OK to kill babies but we are not allowed to kill mad men who might kill us and our families.

Betty said...

I´ll be praying for your nephews and your sons passports! I can´t even imagine living in such uncertainty!

ABNPOPPA said...

Will be saying a prayer for all.

Pops

Findalis said...

I will pray that they get to come for a "visit" and who cares if they overstay their visa. That is what many illegal immigrants do. For once I want an illegal immigrant that I can stand behind and support.

Kathy said...

Oh man! They are on our prayer list! Thank Heavens it can never get full!

M.J. said...

Oh my goodness! This is terrible, I will definately pray. I am so saddened by this.

Harry said...

I will join with everyone else in praying that it works for them.

Humble wife said...

I am unable to play the youtube right now, but I understand the importance of our constitutional rights.

We must stand firm.

What a blessing that the fear of God(via his servant) seemed to startle the thugs. I am so happy to read that they only have a fearful memory.

My sister in law(Bill's sister) married to a police officer, while pregnant with her third was upstairs when a would be broke in. She rushed to the childrens room locked the door and called 911. It was her husband who recognized his address. I can say that the emotions were MAJOR. This happened about ten years ago when Bill was a police officer. The reality was that none of us is safe in times like these.

Pilar Stark said...

My goodness,can't imagine how fearful they must felt at that time.

The Hermit said...

As the Boers said during the Anglo-Boer way " I trust in God and the Mauser."

Jane said...

That is so frightening. They are in our prayers.

Julie said...

May God bring the passport at just the right time!

Pam said...

I didn't know that about Nathan and his family, Wow!

The video was moving and I remember that incident she addressed. She made some great points. I've been hearing lots lately about the true reason for the 2nd ammendement (not for hunting, for taking up arms to protect ourselves if the government means harm).

MK said...

Sorry to hear about this JM.

"They seem to not want to give young adults the ability to leave the country."

That's the funny thing about socialism isn't it, it's so great they won't let you leave.