Reynosa Mexico Drug Warlords L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

Reynosa Mexico Drug Warlords   MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.


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[quote name=’Henry123′ date=’Feb 24 2009, 09:29 PM’ post=’4142168′]

(Without going off topic)

I’m just curious Norman have you ever work (or no someone who has) with tribal people in Africa or South America?

If so how did you approach them without getting yourself killed? I must say I would think it is very dangerous work. I cant imagine how risky it would be to approach a head hunting or cannibal tribe or similar hostile tribes.


hola….no I haven’t worked in the areas you mentioned, however, I had a sister in law and her husband that worked and lived for a number of years in South Africa caring for Aids orphan babies, as they did Christians missions work, they also had a small farm to raise and sell coffee and fruits, for their support. The threat to them was very real.

In Southeast Asia, in Thailand’s extreme northern area up in the Himalayan mountains were Laos touches Burma (Myanmar) lives part of the Mong clans, named the Mong Njua or Green Mong, they are the key producer of Heroin, this area is called the Golden Triangle, the work I was directed to undertake was in the Mong Njua village, at the center of this border region. 

On my homepage I talked about these experiences.  I was told at this time that upon going up into this area, by other Christians- who had not entered this area- that I would be killed if I went up into this: communist controlled, bandit controlled, and opium warlord area.

And, yes, the village was attacked were I lived, the headman son was murdered, house set a fire, by the opposing opium warlords.

At that time, to give a more direct answer to your inquiry about approaching hostile areas and it’s peoples. 

Going to the area was not my ideal, it was given to me in prayer, by the "Lord," when I was in St. Charles Missouri.

I had never been to this area, and I did not know the Mong, in fact, I went to the library to read up on them. I was directed in prayer, at that time into which direction to go in northern Thailand. I had never been there; furthermore, there was nothing on any map indicating this small Mong Njua village tucked away, in a saddled area of the Himalayan mountains. (A saddled area is a slope between two mountains.)

The three major opium warlords in this area were: The Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) army from China, or what was left of it, was part of the drug smuggling operation in this area, they were allowed by the Thai government to live in this border region, the other two opium warlords were the Burmese. These three sort of worked together, yet they would kill each other in a heartbeat, if one encroached in the other’s areas of opium production or distribution.

I lived in the Mong village, which took me two days by trekking to arrive at, their was no roads, electric, water nothing, only thatched roof dirt floored huts.

Later, I was able to trekked with the Mong to all three of the above mentioned camps.



Before I became a Christian, I served in Viet Nam for two years, I had volunteered to join the Army and also volunteered twice to go to Nam, my purpose was to help the Vietnamese people in their plight against communism.

At the same time, I was not a Christian, there were times there in Nam, that I was totally, and absolutely scared —-tless!!

Subsequently, after my conversion, about six years after my return from Nam.

Then, upon becoming a Christian, and thereafter,  in committing my life to Christ in mission’s work, and then on to the Mong Call, in the north west  Himalayans, in Thailand’s  border regions.

In this area, with all of the dread and doom, that I was told , by experienced missionaries and lay people a like, and even further told by the northern Thai people, that the the Mong people; in fact, were not human, that they had short tails, about five inches in length.

While at the last city on the maps- at that time- was the provincial capital of Mae Hong Son Thailand, these same dire death scenarios were repeated over and over, if I continue this quest into this area.

Before my leaving the US. I had shared that the “Lord,” was directing me into Asia,… and…well to put it bluntly, all, including family and others thought I was “nuts.” Southeast Asia was a very real hot spot of the world at that time, similarly as now the middle east is today.

Upon arrival in Thailand, with the exception of one mission family in the north, all others thought similar thoughts as those in the states, only they were quite pointed in their assessments of this trek; into this wild, hostile environment where no one went. They, those in this region, would simply kill me and that before I go, I should contact the American Embassy, for surely, I wouldn’t be returning, if I continued going to these opium drug lord controlled areas, known as the “Golden Triangle.” 

To your question about approaching dangerous people and situations, first and most importantly, is that a missionary is sent from “God.”

There is a purpose from God in sending one to any area of the world or within a local city, or neighborhood, and that purpose, is one, and “one only,” and that is to explain, “how man can obtain ‘salvation’ through the Cross of Christ.”

In very hostile areas, it’s sort of difficult to explain, it is like you see and know the danger that lies ahead, however, there is this surreal assurance that you’ll be ok, it’s kind of like your in a bubble, and no matter what is coming, you know that God is with you.

His presence is so very real.

After your in the Christian Missionaries walk for awhile, you then begin to understand that in “suffering,” God is with you also.

With it’s extreme pain and afflictions, the emotional destruction, “He,” is with you, you cannot know God fully, and His loving kindness, and sweet saving grace, and love, unless you have trekked into these unknown areas of one’s own mind, were in your very private darkness, lies doom and dread, there, in the midst of all that might be happening to one, the “Loving Savior,” who promised you in the very beginning that, “ He would never leave you nor forsake you.” Stands with his arms outstretched saying’ “Come unto me, all [ye] that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 

Now, here in Reynosa Mexico, death and destruction has come, bazooka carrying Narkos (they are the bad guys, drug dealers) upon being stopped by police erupted into a a mini war, on the streets at a local plaza mall, five minutes from my house, during that day another raid went sideways by the police, as they tried to arrest another drug suspect and were meet with extreme fire power, that in fact spread into the adjoining school.

Again, I have from others that I was nuts to be here, yet the Lord and his Goodness and Grace remain, as in Thailand “He,” the Lord, has directed me to Reynosa Mexico.  Missionary Norman Oetker February 2009 Reynosa Mexico  

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