Opportunities to Serve

 
 
 

El Paso, texas & Juarez, Mexico

Iglesia Bautista Tierra de Oro runs a ministry called β€œPan de Vida.” They serve refugees on both sides of the border.

Pastor Rosalio Sosa leads this ministry in El Paso and Juarez. He also manages the distribution center warehouse where donations are received and sorted. There are 17 shelters in Juarez that churches have opened to receive refugees that are waiting for asylum. ICE is no longer releasing refugees to the churches in El Paso, which is why there is so much need in the Juarez shelters.

Pastor Sosa needs help in the distribution center to sort merchandise and send them to churches in Juarez. They also need volunteers in the Juarez shelters: preparing and serving meals, cleaning the kitchen and restrooms, playing with the children, bible study and prayer for adults.

Groups and individuals are welcome to come serve and provide a break to pastors and volunteers that serve around the clock.

skills requested

Spanish

AGE GROUP

Youth and adults

 

Brownsville, texas

Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville hosts 50-60 refugees a day. They need help in the kitchen preparing three meals a day. They also are ministering one on one to the refugees. You can come and help in the kitchen, serve meals, clean, sweep and mop. Some can relieve the night shift volunteers so they can get some rest because many stay up all night to monitor the refugees as they sleep and rest. IB West Brownsville also has plans for adding on to their building for shelter space.

Another church, Iglesia Bautista Capernaum, makes breakfast tacos twice a week and crosses the bridge to Matamoros to feed the refugees who are waiting their turn to declare asylum. You can help cook, serve food at the bridge and pray for the refugees.

skills requested

Spanish, construction

AGE GROUP

Youth and adults

 

McAllen, Texas

Catholic Charities Refugee Shelter. We have four churches that cook lunch meals for 450-1,000 people everyday. You can help cook, serve, clean tables, sweep and mop, visit with families and children. You can also visit the refugees waiting in Reynosa, Mexico and deliver food and supplies.

skills requested

Spanish

AGE GROUP

Youth and adults

 

laredo, texas & Nuevo Laredo, mexico

Lorenzo Ortiz from Laredo coordinates 3 refugee shelters in the heart of Nuevo Laredo. Refugees are brought to these shelters after they declare asylum to await their turn to be processed by Customs and Border Patrol. Volunteers can deliver food and supplies to the shelters, help cook and serve and clean. One of the churches has some renovation and construction projects needed to more effectively house the refugees they are helping. Cartels are ever-present in Nuevo Laredo, making this a less appropriate site for children and youth.

SKILLS REQUESTED

Spanish, construction

AGE GROUP

Adults only

 

Piedras Negras, Mexico

Across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, Iglesia Bautista Piedras Negras is hosting 200 refugees a day. Come and support their work.

At one of the shelters, there is a clinic for immigrants, which is open on the weekends. Medical professionals are always needed.

Previous volunteers have built bunk beds for the shelter, but the bunk room is too hot for sleeping. Air conditioning is needed, and volunteers that have light construction and electrician experience.

SKILLS REQUESTED

Spanish, medical/dental, construction

AGE GROUP

Youth and adults

 

Del Rio, Texas

An Evangelical Refugee Shelter is hosting 100 refugees a day and doing the same thing as the other ministries.

skills requested

Spanish

AGE GROUP

Youth and adults

 

HARLINGEN, TEXAS

Come help churches refurbish their facilities after the flood of June 24. Iglesia Bautista Avondale and Primera Iglesia Bautista Harlingen sustained severe water damage and can use volunteer teams to help with rebuilding. Outside of Harlingen, there are other churches who need similar assistance:  Iglesia Bautista Getsemane in Elsa and Iglesia Bautista Sublime Gracia in Progreso.

 

skills requested

Construction

AGE GROUP

Youth and adults