We appreciate you reading our blog, where we share powerful memories of ministry experiences, including this 2021 El Paso trip learning about immigration ministry and supporting local community members. This trip is made possible by the hospitality and guidance of Pastor Rose Mary Sanchez- Guzmán and Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, which coordinates services for immigrants... Continue Reading →

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“It’s good to see your face”

We grouped up Monday morning outside of Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center, an assortment of five students with four in the crew of staff and support. Three more participants will join us next weekend, flying into El Paso, and we keep them in our hearts while enjoying the temporary extra legroom. It was a... Continue Reading →

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Refugee Support

After waking up early and loading up the van, we embarked this morning to visit Stella and Berta, two Mexican women who spent decades living in a colonia. They shared with us their work running a community library and their impact on helping children pursue their education. I was particularly struck by their discussions of... Continue Reading →

Immigration Stories

After an especially busy day yesterday we all were well-rested and ready to begin the day around 8 a.m. The first thing on our itinerary was a presentation by Ruben, the founder of Annunciation House. This is a volunteer network of houses that provides hospitality to immigrants and refugees as they find their place in... Continue Reading →

Guests in Las Colonias

Today, we visited Las Colonias, an area thirty minutes outside of El Paso where many immigrants are living. Las Colonias were formed around 50 years ago, when plots of land were sold by private landowners as an inexpensive place to live. Land was sold for as little as $75 dollars a month; however, for the... Continue Reading →

Church is Not in the Building

We are winding down our first full day of the immersion program, and everyone is already feeling the weight of the stories we hear. There is a drastic difference between reading news stories about the border and listening to people filled with raw emotion share their personal stories. While every story we’ve heard today has... Continue Reading →

El Paso Arrival

Last night, we enjoyed the hospitality of Grace Presbyterian Church in Midland Texas. It was especially nice that the church had sofas for most of us to sleep on! After we woke up well-rested and ready to go, one of our hosts, Bob, was kind enough to bring us warm breakfast burritos and share fellowship... Continue Reading →

Speechless in Memphis

We started an early morning by eating some breakfast while simultaneously packing lunches for our trip to Memphis to see the National Civil Rights Museum. Matthew did not join us, but instead met up with family that he had not seen in a while and spent quality time with them. We packed the van and... Continue Reading →

Learning Everywhere

We’re not even to El Paso yet and we’ve already had so many opportunities to learn, share and grow together! As our journey continued today, we started off from Johnson City where we ate one last meal with our gracious hosts Kathy and Ray. As we said our goodbyes to our hosts (and their beautiful... Continue Reading →

I Fell for Iguazu Falls

For our last two days in the north, we traveled to Puerto Iguazu to visit the waterfalls on the Brazil and Argentina sides. On Sunday, we traveled across the border to Brazil to worship with a Lutheran Congregation. If I could put the word ‘welcoming’ into action, it would be this church. When we arrived,... Continue Reading →

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