When the waters rose, compassion rose, too

A trio of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship organizations are teaming up to help four churches whose properties received damage in flash floods late last month. 

Parts of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas flooded June 24, when 15 inches of rain fell in four hours. Several churches that collaborate with Jorge Zapata, associate coordinator of CBF Texas and director of Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry, sustained damage in the deluge, Zapata reported. The congregations do not have flood insurance.

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Jay Pritchard
Alamo’s Primera spans border with love

Primera Iglesia Bautista in Alamo, Texas—a longtime servant to immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border, has stepped up its ministry in the face of desperate need. For months, Primera Alamo has provided food, hygiene kits and plush toys to immigrants on the bridge between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. 

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Jay Pritchard
Ortizes continue to serve refugees in Laredo

About this time last month, we told you about Lorenzo and Oralia Ortiz, who have maintained their ministry to asylum seekers in Laredo, Texas, despite intense pressure. When a nearby church decided it no longer would provide shelter to the immigrants, the Ortizes opened their own home.

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Jay Pritchard