Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We need your prayers!

I thought it is time I said something about the swine flu in Mexico. First let’s deal with the current situation in Playa del Carmen as we know it.

As of this morning there have been no reported cases of swine flu in Playa del Carmen or in the larger area of Quintana Roo, the state in which Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum reside. In fact, to our knowledge, there have been no reported cases of swine flu in the entire Yucatan peninsula, comprising the eastern portion of the country of Mexico. This somewhat contradicts the statement of a so-called medical expert on MSNBC TV last night who proclaimed with wild eyes that the virus had “spread through the entire country of Mexico.”

Playa del Carmen itself is calm, except for the kids who seem to be everywhere today. Mexico in its wisdom has closed all of the schools nationwide until next Wednesday. As a result, the kids have a holiday and are making the best use of it. Kinda like snow days we remember from our own childhood.

There are no other closings or restrictions to our knowledge. Stores and restaurants, clubs, churches and tours, business offices and governmental buildings are all open for business. The main concern is how the economy will react to the sudden drop in tourism, since so many people earn their living from that industry.

Our daughter Brittany will be graduating from college on May 8th. Darla and I had tickets to fly up on the 5th but with so few planes coming in we were concerned they may cancel our flight so we are now planing to drive out. It is about a 34 hour drive to border from here. We are planing to leave out on Friday. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel. We hope to be back here at work in Mexico on the 15th.

We are proud of Brittany and we are looking forward to celebrating with her...

Please pray for our church members and the people of Playa Del Carmen. Many are losing homes and all are facing difficult time financially .