I was just forwarded this information from the Assemblies of God to our church:
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Hi Youth Leaders:
One of the primary responsibilities of the national Ambassadors In Mission (AIM) office is to do all we can to assure our Assemblies of God (AG) host missionaries provide safe trips for our students, including current updates regarding traveler safety.
We’ve received the following travel alert from Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) for the USA/Mexican border because of on-going violence:
"The situation along the USA/Mexican border is dynamic in nature and we are attempting to gather as much information as we can which has led us to take the following steps:
We cannot approve any AIM teams going into the following areas of Mexico: Nuevo Laredo (Laredo, TX), Ciudad Juarez (El Paso, TX), or Tijuana (San Diego, CA).
Currently, we are looking at the entire state of Durango and the advisory that has been placed on that area. Generally, most other areas in Mexico are not as affected and we haven't felt the need to close them to ministry teams. We strongly encourage teams to use discretion as they select ministry spots in Mexico and to work with Assemblies of God missionaries who are well acquainted with their areas of ministry”.
If you were headed to these areas this summer, please re-direct those plans. Help us to better serve you by registering your AIM teams with the national AIM office so that forms may be processed through AGWM. AIM registration guidelines and forms may be found at: http://www.aim.ag.org/getstarted.cfm
God bless and please give us a call if we can assist you in any way!