Featured here are the three most recent e-newsletters that Fellowship Southwest sends to its subscribers weekly. Scroll down for the full 2019 archive.
OCTOBER 24, 2019
The level of dire human need—and opportunity for gospel ministry—has expanded in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, just across the border from Laredo, Texas, reported Jorge Zapata, director of Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry.
In fact, the border itself—the bridge over the Rio Grande between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo—has become a focal point of need, explained Zapata, associate coordinator of CBF Texas.
That’s because so many asylum seekers have clustered in Nuevo Laredo, they have overwhelmed the local immigrant shelters, and they’re sleeping on the bridge, he said.
OCTOBER 17, 2019
The Fellowship Southwest Steering Committee held its fall meeting this week at First United Methodist Church in Dallas. Two members (pictured below)—Andy Stoker, senior minister at the host church, and Victoria Robb Powers, executive pastor at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas—offered devotional reflections to start each session.
Stoker shared this message at the outset of the two-day meeting, reflecting on the resurrection appearance of Jesus to the disciples in John 21, where Jesus tells them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat.
OCTOBER 10, 2019
Reports are spreading rapidly about protests and chaos at the Brownsville/Matamoros bridge. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol closed the bridges last night after confusion about policy led 250-300 refugees to attempt to cross the Gateway International Bridge. CBP issued this update about the situation, stating that any asylum appointments scheduled for today would have to be rescheduled. Congressman Filemon Vela from Brownsville issued a statement blaming the "Remain in Mexico" policy for the miserable living conditions, which led to instability and protests.
Jorge Zapata, who directs Fellowship Southwest's immigrant relief ministry, said this kind of confusion can easily happen along the border when rumors begin to spread and no one is there to provide any clear answers.