Drug cartels are expanding their reach into Chile; this and the public safety it threatens are some of the government’s top challenges. Though Chile has been relatively stable politically and economically with low crime rates compared to other countries in Latin America, crime is on the rise. Prosperity, the pandemic, economic slowdown, globalization, corruption–all these and more have been blamed as reasons for the growing reach of Mexican, Colombian, and Venezuelan cartels into Chile. According to a 2021 report, the poor and working-class in Latin America are easy recruits to the drug trade because of few options for survival. 

May such a report weigh on us. May it drive us to offer more than an option for survival, but the true gospel of salvation. May it move us to do more to share and serve Jesus and to teach others to do the same.