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PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

It is official – As of June 1, 2009, Passports or Passport Cards are now required for crossing back into the US from Mexico. If you are driving to Mexico from the US, make sure to bring your passports because the US border agents will now be asking for passports, passcards, or other enhanced forms of ID when you cross back into the US.Acceptable ID for US Citizens crossing the border from Mexico into the US

Children under the age of 16 may use an original birth certificate instead of a passport.

SAFETY

Some of you might be wondering whether or not it’s safe to come to Mexico. You could be a concerned parent, a prospective leader considering a mission trip, or a leader weighing whether or not to endorse your church’s mission trip. The following info is statistically based and designed to help you assess the situation from a factual standpoint. It also provides a perspective from us as Long Term Missionaries who traveled to Mexico many times and from the people that live there.

Safety Facts about Mexico

Over the past few years the city of Ensenada has experienced NO unrest or incidents of violence. The city of Tijuana has experienced some violence but it has been gang on gang or police and gang incidents. There are over 100,000 U.S. and Canadian residents that live along the coast of the Northern Baja.

And Most Importantly – We have God’s Promises to Protect Us As We Serve Him

  • We serve a big God who has our days numbered! We’re not going to die one minute earlier or later than He has determined for us. There’s no safer place to be than in His will doing His work!
  • We can be in the safest place on earth, but if God plans to take us home, we won’t escape God and avoid death. In the same way, we can in the most dangerous place on earth and if it’s not our time to go, no force on earth will over ride God’s perfect plan for us.
  • We have the promises of Psalm 121, which talks about God’s promise to protect and watch over us.
  • We have the examples of Saul, with the whole Israelite army, who tried to kill King David but was unable to do so because of God’s protection over him.
  • We have the examples of how God protected the Apostle Paul as he shared the Gospel everywhere and many tried to kill him, but were unable to do so because of God’s protection.
  • Scripture is full of how God watches over His own and protects them. It’s a fundamental truth of the Bible.
  • God actually is greatly displeased when we don’t trust Him and give way to fear. Fear is Satan’s greatest tool in stopping the spreading of the Gospel. Our lack of trust deeply displeased God and makes Him out to be a tiny God who is unable to protect us.
  • God delights in our faith and we grow in the Lord as we exercise it. On the contrary, we stay small and our faith shrinks when we don’t trust.
  • Lastly, God says in 1 Timothy 1:7, that, “He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear (or of timidity), but of power, love and self-discipline. It’s Satan who fills us with fear and scares us away from serving God. It’s Satan’s favorite tool because it works so well. Fear has stopped more people from sharing their faith and serving God than any other thing. God promises to be with us until the end of the age as we share the Gospel (Matt. 28:20). What a precious promise! God also says, “That if He is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31) Not one hair of our head will fall to the ground without God knowing it. And if He watches over the birds of the air, how much more will He watch over us who are involved in a mission trip fulfilling the Great Commission of sharing the Gospel?
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