We just had a problem at the skate shop that Amanda and I have here in Alajuelita. There has been a small group of young guys who have been threatening to rob the place for the past 2 weeks and one of the guys said that he has a gun. Today Ariel (the employee and a resident of the Men Center) called us freaking out saying that one of the guys was in there saying that he was going to bring a gun and rob the place. We called the cops and headed over to the shop. One of the punk kids was on his bike near the shop when the cops showed up and they put him in the car and brought him in for questioning. Ariel and one of our tico friends said that they were scared now because we just made that kid mad by turning him in and they are afraid that they (or we) may get shot over it. The kid is young but his family is well known by the police in Alajuelita for drug/gang activity and the kid threatened getting his cousins involved in this matter.
This whole situation has our stomachs in knots. We don’t want to walk in the fear that we may get gunned down or that one of our friends might. We also don’t want to loose any footholds that would allow us to minister to these kids. Please pray for us. Pray for our protection. Pray that this kid will be guided down a different path and that bitterness from this situation will leave him. Pray for our guidance regarding what we need to do with the skate shop. And also pray that one day, we can have an open and effective friendship with this kid and his group of friends. These are exactly the kind of people who need God’s saving grace.
We are so thankful to have such a massive amount of praying friends who are willing to stand behind us and pray when we need it! Thank you so much!