Nancy Davis died doing what she was supposed to do.
That’s how she described her calling as a missionary, as friends told Jessica Hopper of ABC News. Nancy and her husband Sam knew their 30-year career as Christian missionaries, building churches in Mexico, had become increasingly dangerous. Another one of their friends explained, “Every day that passed they had personal friends, people in Mexico that they were acquainted with who were dying. It was all around them. They were constantly getting threats. Many, many times they had been chased and managed to elude danger.”
Last week, Nancy and Sam ran into a roadblock manned by Mexican drug cartel thugs. They were determined not to be taken alive by the cartels, having doubtless heard the stories of beheadings, and worse, administered to captives. They ran the roadblock, and the goons opened fire. A bullet struck Nancy in the head. She died in a Texas hospital later that day. The police think her killers might have been interested in stealing the Davis’ late-model pickup truck.
A Houston Chronicle report on the Davis murder notes that “between June 2009 and June 2010, the most recent data from the U.S. State Department, almost 100 U.S. citizens were killed in Mexico.” Some churches are canceling mission trips because of cartel violence, but the most determined missionaries will not abandon their duty to the good people of Mexico. Rick Owens, an experienced missionary interviewed by the Chronicle, told them “I’m not only in danger, but whoever I go see, I could endanger them, because they could get kidnapped thinking I’m going to pay them off.”
Fox News reports that “missionaries from across the country gathered in McAllen, Texas” for the funeral of Nancy Davis. As they mourn the loss of a kind and courageous woman, they look across our southern border, to the decent people they have sworn to serve, trapped in a deteriorating state where angels fear to tread.