So my son wrote today that the El Salvador government decided to crack down on gangs. I guess the gangs feel this is a violation of their "rights", so they are protesting by shooting random people. My son and his companion had to stay indoors for several days because of this.
I told my husband that we should be used to this, living in the Bay area. He says El Salvador is worse than the Bay area. I asked him if he thought downtown Richmond was safer than El Salvador. He said yes, but I'm not so sure. I certainly wouldn't walk on the street, even in the day time in down town Richmond. Some years ago a white woman was killed when she decided to take a short cut through that area on her way home from work.
But still......I wouldn't want my son serving a mission in downtown Richmond! But I trust the Lord will protect him. And I do think that his living in the Bay area has desensitized him a bit to the violence in El Salvador. And I do trust that the mission president and the Church leaders will know if missionaries need to be taken out of that area. Still pretty scary though!