Texas Missionaries Killed in Mexico Knew They Were in Danger
A dedicated Texas missionary couple strangled in their Mexico home knew how much danger they were in, but refused to leave the people they cared for, according to a friend from their sponsor church in Texas. “They had opportunities to return, but these are their people. It would be like abandoning family. We don’t abandon family,” Karen Mosley, the secretary for Liberty Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas, told ABCNews.com. “We lost a couple of great prayer warriors.”
Wanda and John Casias
John and Wanda Casias had been living and working as missionaries in Mexico for about 30 years. They were found dead at their home near Monterrey, Mexico, in February by one of their 10 children. Son Shawn Casias had come to pick up a trailer from his parents’ home and found his mother Wanda, 67, lying on the floor with an electrical cord around her neck and a head wound. His father John, 76, was found in the storage room of a building on the property with an electrical cord around his neck.
The couple lived on a walled property and had a gate and updated security measures. A safe, several electronics and the couple’s car were missing from the home. All of the surveillance cameras had been disabled. “[It] makes us all believe it was somebody he knew or he wouldn’t have let them in,” Mosley said. Mosley said church members used to go on missions every other year to the area where the Casias couple lived, until about four years ago when things became too dangerous for them to travel there. Fighting between drug cartels over the past few years made Monterrey an extremely dangerous place.
“John doesn’t allow visitors to come to his place anymore. It’s that bad,” Mosley said. “There are no more policemen, they’re all dead. The last mayor was murdered. All they have there are soldiers.”
The couple had discussed with members of the church what they wanted, should anything ever happen to them, Mosley said. The couple said that if they were to be kidnapped, they did not want anyone to pay ransom for them. “They would not allow it,” Mosley said. “They knew it was dangerous. They were just cautious and they made a pact.”
The couple maintained a website, www.casias.org, with details and photos about their missionary work. “John was a character. He was one funny person, but he took his love of his Lord very seriously. He was hard working, loving, caring and would give you whatever you need, if he had it,” Mosley said. “Wanda was a very sweet lady, always got a hug and a smile. She would ask, ‘What can I pray for you for?’ She was always praying.”
The Casias’ home church is Liberty Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas, pastored by Dr. Dick Webster.
The attack on the Casias’ comes just a year after American missionary Nancy Davis was killed when she and her husband Sam were ambushed at an illegal road block along a highway 70 miles south of the border town of Reynosa, Mexico in January 2011.
Several gunmen in a black pick-up truck pursued them, firing at Davis’ truck, and a bullet hit Nancy Davis in the head. Sam Davis sped away to a border checkpoint and his wife was rushed to a hospital, but she did not survive.
Last Missionary Letter
JOHN & WANDA CASIAS
Serving in the Republic of Mexico since 1983
II-Ti 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come”.
The only hope for the Mexican people today is Jesus in them, the HOPE of glory. I confess that it’s getting easier to witness to the wealthy, at least they are listening. The wealthy are fleeing to Canada and the USA for protection. The only problem is that when they return to renew their visas the cartel is waiting, and either kill or kidnap them for thousands of dollars, in some cases millions.
The cartel has NO mercy or value for life. They are ruthless murderers! You probably heard about the mayor of our town, kidnapped on the 15th of August and murdered on the 18th, threw him like an animal, hands tied and blindfolded on the side of the highway. He was a fine young man that was against the cartel. Please pray for his family, his wife, children, and parents. We are not allowed to have guns in Mexico, if we’re caught with a gun, we can get 40 years on up of jail time. We don’t risk it. The killings are affecting our night crowds because of the danger involved. We constantly remind them II-Ti 1:7 “For God hath not give us the spirit of fear; but of power; and of love, and a sound mind”.. Please pray for Mexico.
Bro. Casias went on to share with his supporting churches about their coming Youth Camp in Vera Cruz, Vera Cruz, the blessings of their Vacation Bible School and their needs for 8 more missions and 4 full time preachers. He said that they also need $50,000 for two buildings and to finish construction on three other buildings, and to buy three vans. If they are American, they need to be 2000 or above so we can legalize them. We also need SUPPORT GROUPS to come help us with the work, will you come?
Love in Christ
John & Wanda
Phil. 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
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