Relay of Kindness

A church from Kansas City is setting out this weekend to deliver food, clothing and supplies to an immigrant shelter in Eagle Pass, Texas. But rather than just loading up one time and delivering directly to Eagle Pass, they decided to make it a relay so that others along the way have the opportunity to participate. Every 100 or so miles along the route, the supplies will be moved into another set of vehicles and driven another leg of the journey.

Mark Buhlig, who came up with the idea after visiting his friends who run Mission: Border Hope in Eagle Pass, says this in his blog:

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Jay Pritchard
Fellowship Southwest distributes more than $10,000 for immigrant relief

Refugees all along the Mexico-U.S. border feel the love of Jesus, thanks to you. 

This week, Fellowship Southwest sent more than $10,000 in aid to six ministries serving immigrants from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. FSW’s Immigrant Relief Ministry supports border congregations that provide food, shelter and gospel hope to refugees crowded on their doorsteps.

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Shoes for refugees

This photo is from our trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico. A mother washed the shoes her children wore on their journey from Central America and hung them to dry so they can be worn again. We saw men wearing too-small women's flip flops. We saw women with blistered feet wearing shoes unfit for walking. And we saw many barefooted children.

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Ministering to “four types of refugees”

Lorenzo Ortiz, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Buen Samaritano in Laredo, Texas, is one of Fellowship Southwest’s close partners in ministry to refugees on the border. 

Pastor Lorenzo lost his previous church when the congregation he pastored grew weary of serving immigrants in their community. But he and his wife, Oralia, felt called by God to continue. So, they fed more than 6,000 refugees out of their Laredo home across three months. Fellowship Southwest, which already was working with them, continued its support. And Samaritan’s Purse also came alongside to keep the ministry going.

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Te presento a quienes conocí en la frontera

Saludos desde la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México, donde un equipo de Fellowship Southwest ha cruzado de lado a lado esta semana conociendo tanto a los refugiados como a quienes les sirven. Hemos escuchado sus historias; reflexionado, soñado y orado juntos sobre la mejor manera de apoyarles. 

Nuestros corazones están llenos de dolor, gloria y gratitud mientras procesamos todo lo que hemos visto y oído. Nos apenamos por los refugiados, por la violencia y el sufrimiento que los llevó a huir de sus países de origen. Nos hemos deleitado en la gloria de verdaderos santos que se sacrifican para ministrarles en el nombre de Jesús, día tras día, semana tras semana, mes tras mes. Y estamos agradecidos por cómo Dios está trabajando incluso a través de esta horrible crisis para acercar a gente a experimentar la fe y el amor de Jesús.

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Meet the people we met on the border

Greetings from the U.S.-Mexico border, where a Fellowship Southwest team has spent part of this week crossing back and forth—meeting the people, both the refugees and those who serve them; listening to their stories; and thinking and dreaming and praying about how we can help them. 

Our hearts are full of grief, glory and gratitude as we process all we have seen and heard. We grieve for the refugees—for the violence and suffering that prompted them to flee their homelands. We have basked in the glory of saints who sacrifice to minister to them in Jesus’ name, day after week after month. And we are grateful for how God is working even through this horrible crisis to bring people to faith by experiencing the love of Jesus.

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Anchored Love Ministries shares Christ with refugees on the Mexico-U.S. border

The love of Jesus anchored a weekend mission project that served immigrant refugees on the Mexico-U.S. border Aug. 9-10. Anchored Love Ministries, founded in 2003 to reach and minister to women and their families, particularly Hispanics, sponsored the event. Last weekend marked Anchored Love Ministries' third project in the Rio Grande Valley, noted Executive Director Sandra Dubon Cisneros. Previous trips took the group to Guatemala, Peru, Spain, Mexico, North Carolina, elsewhere in Texas, and other parts of the United States.

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Rio Grande Valley coalition organizes to show hospitality to “angels”

An ecumenical Protestant/evangelical coalition has organized to “feed the hungry and welcome the stranger” along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley on the southern tip of Texas. The Hebrews 13:2 Coalition of the RGV held two organizing meetings—one primarily involving Baptists and the other more broadly ecumenical—in McAllen, Texas, Aug. 5. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

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God’s love blesses Navajo Nation through CBF West missions project in Arizona

The love of God permeated a portion of the Navajo reservation in Arizona the first weekend in August. It looked like children smiling through painted faces, bales of hay stacked in pickup trucks and backpacks stuffed with school supplies. It sounded like laughter, plus sermons, hymns and prayers offered in at least three languages. It smelled like frybread and desert vegetation. And it felt like summer sunshine, tempered by breezes flowing down the mountains.

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