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Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto

On Sunday a new president from an old party was elected in Mexico. Enrique Pena Nieto from The Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI won the election by around 6%.

The PRI had ruled in Mexico for 71 years until 2000. They lost the presidency to Vicente Fox of the National Action Party. The PRI has not held the presidency over the last 12 years. When they lost it was a shock to the country, because they had been in power for so long. Now they’ve won it back, and it’s a new day in Mexico. It remains to be seen whether changes in ruling parties will bring positive change to the country.

Enrique Peña Nieto was able to win the election for the PRI in part due to the violence Mexico has endured for the last several years. Many feel that the PRI has a better chance of reducing the drug cartels influence, and their horrific crimes.

Other’s fear the PRI because they didn’t have the best track record when they were in power. They abused their power. Many immigrants in the US left Mexico, because of how the PRI ruled the country.

There is a strong connection between Mexico and the United States on the border. A San Diego news video comments on the elections and it’s impact on the border.

My prayer is that Mexico does make some positive changes, and that it will be a new day for the country. It’s important to remember that God can change the hearts of men and rulers. God is on the throne. He rules over all.

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”

—Proverbs 21:1 (ESV)

In His Grip, Dave


I’m on a layover flying back from the San Diego – Tijuana border, and I just read of the increasing safety in Tijuana. I know some of the risks I’ve taken have caused my mom and other concerned parties some anxiety. It’s great to get news that may calm your fears.

I was at Covenant Presbyterian in Bakersfield this last Sunday, and I told them that I feel alive when I’m in Mexico. It gives me energy, and I just love being there. I noticed as I said this that a number of them smiled at me, but it appeared they were smiling because they thought I must be crazy. Well, be that as it may, things are looking up on the border!

Nathan Jones just wrote an article that appeared in on the increasing safety in Tijuana. He stated, that Tijuana has actually become a model city in Mexico, because the crime has been reduced to pre-cartel lows. The article is titled, Tijuana’s New Calm Shows Benefits of Local Policing in Mexico. Jones goes on to say,

“Tijuana is the only place in Mexico where drug-related violence has surged and subsequently fallen to pre-conflict levels. While the government response cannot take full credit for the reduction in violence, it most certainly played a role, and that effort was not led by a federal police force.”

Hannah, Dawn and Dave in TJ

About one month ago I took Dawn and Hannah down to Tijuana and Rosarito with our friends, Daniel and Yolanda Nuñez. We had a great time, and I never felt threatened.

So come on down to the border and labor with us. The need for Jesus is just as great, but it’s a safer place to be.

This is good news for all of us! Praise the Lord!

In His Grip, Dave