I'm sure that many of you have heard on the news about the influenza outbreak here in Mexico that is spreading to other countries as well. News stories are conflicting and we're getting a lot of different information from different sources. It's hard to know what is sensationalism and what is truth. Regardless of that, however, whatever this flu seems pretty serious and is scaring a lot of people. Up until today, only Mexico City and a few other places were affected by school closings, etc. but today the government shut down schools and all public gatherings across the country. This means that our mission school will also be closed for two weeks and we have canceled all mission meetings. Our church has canceled all mid-week meetings and may cancel their services on Sunday as well, depending on the situation at that time.
As you can imagine, the kids are excited to get two weeks of "vacation" even though they will continue to do their work here at home. I don't think that they can really fathom the seriousness of the situation and like all good MKs, just think a change from the ordinary is loads of fun! :)
So we appreciate your prayers as we face this new situation on top of the increased organized crime and drug violence here...my heart goes out to those who will and are being affected by these things. Many people may just not have the resources to get the medical care that they need if they get sick...Mexico as a country will definitely suffer in many ways by these recent events.