POSTED: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 3:27am
EL PASO - There's no doubt the murders, kidnappings, and general lawlessness in Juarez show a lack of values and morals among some people there, but what about our side of the border? A local alliance of Evangelical Pastors says that decay is here too.
"We all have drugs. We all have alcohol. We all have spousal abuse. We all have child abuse. There's sexual crimes. There's drugs being sold," Pastor Bobby Garcia said.
"It's just so rampant now of days that it's a wide spread problem," Barney Field, with Pastors for Jesus, said.
That's why the group says they're working with more than 700 churches in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez to call for prayer.
"Nothing good happens without prayer," Field said.
"If you can't look to God and get help then we're hopeless," Garcia said.
A united prayer among the border community isn't new. Nine months ago, a group of Presbyterians gathered at the U.S. Mexico border to share their faith and pray publicly for an end to the drug war. Now next week, leaders of the Evangelical Church will call on their parishioners to pray at a mass prayer vigils in Juarez and El Paso.
"As long as Christians are not working together and are divided, then Satan has a field day with us. That's reflected in sexual immortality, drug use, domestic violence and other things," Field said.
While some think prayer is controversial and not everyone believes in God, these people believe nothing is going to change without it.
"Not a chance. Not a chance without prayer," Field said.
The prayer vigils will coincide with Governor Rick Perry statewide day of prayer on August sixth, but will begin at 10pm on august 5th.
For Las Cruces and El Paso:
Harvest Christian Center
1345 Export Place
El Paso, TX 79912
Iglesia Vida Neuva
Phone #: 011-52-656-623-5429