The Southwestern Texas Synod has the longest border with Mexico, putting us front and center in the humanitarian crisis at the border. We currently respond to essential humanitarian needs of migrants through Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries, our Lutheran Ministry located at Iglesia Luterana San Luca.
People come to the border with nothing. We will show God’s love to 90-100 families over the next six months. This humanitarian response includes, among other specifics, the following: food, water, clothing, shoes, socks, underwear-for children, men & women, hydration liquids like Gatorade, over the counter medicines like ibuprofen, Robitussin, healing creams, backpacks, hygiene kits, money for transportation from Eagle Pass to San Antonio, gift cards to take along their journey.
In the next six months, 30-40 people from around the country will:
Encounter a real experience and time for reflection on the complex realities which are embedded on the border
Commit to return to congregations and/or organizations with a doable plan of action in support of Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries
Renew conversion to God and the suffering and vulnerable neighbors
Foster evangelical imagination toward habits of discipleship in a multiethnic context
Inspire and connect a movement of learning, compassion and solidarity across our Synod, other synods and ELCA in general.
This will happen as Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries opens a Multicultural Immersion and Retreat Center with a director to coordinate it. This serves as a first step towards a larger dream for this portion of the ministry.
Given the unique nature of this ministry and our responsibility to provide humanitarian aid without breaking the law or facing other legal risks, we will work with an emigration lawyer who would offer us training and be a consulting resource when needed. This applies to the short-term as well as the long-term journey of Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries.