Our Mission at the Margins

Mission Critical Year-End Special Appeal!

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.

Through an end of the year special appeal, we can significantly expand that ministry, impacting migrants and supporters from around the country.

Click to learn more about Eagle Pass Frontera Ministries.

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Help Us Meet Our Goal of $25,000

Make your check payble to the Southwestern Texas Synod, with “Mission at the Margins” on the memo line, and sent to 1090 Oestreich Dr. Seguin, TX 78155.

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*Gifts given beyond the goal go towards the purchase of a van to support this work.

$25,000 in generous donations will provide:

 

Direct Care for Migrants

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. 

Impactful Immersion Experiences for Allies

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.

Necessary Legal Representation

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     Gifts of all sizes will make this expansion of ministry possible. Please see the giving chart below to see how our gifts together achieve this goal, and then be as generous as possible!