Advocacy Action Alert: Immigration Reform
advocacy / immigration

Advocacy Action Alert: Immigration Reform

By Elket Rodriguez Immigration Reform is a priority for the current Administration and this Congress. We are calling on immigration advocates to engage their elected officials for immigration reform that is compassionate and consistent with our Principles and Values for Immigration Reform. Our Advocacy Action Team for Immigrants and Refugees is working to encourage and … Continue reading

Assisting Asylees to Begin a New Life
CBF Field Personnel / Field Personnel / Field Personnel Columns / immigration

Assisting Asylees to Begin a New Life

The following is a reflection from CBF field personnel Greg Smith, who serves in Fredericksburg, Va., with his wife, Sue. You can learn more about their ministries and support their work at www.cbf.net/smith. For LUCHA Ministries Immigration Legal Services, the final week of September was full indeed.  Over a four-day period, I clocked 48 hours and, … Continue reading

Want to help Pastor Navarro serve immigrants? Send backpacks
Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Want to help Pastor Navarro serve immigrants? Send backpacks

By Marv Knox If you’ve been wondering how to directly help immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, Pastor Carlos Navarro can tell you how to lend a hand. Actually, how to lend a backpack. Navarro and Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville operate an immigrant relief shelter (and Fellowship Southwest provided the funds to build a … Continue reading

Investment in the lives of others
CBF Field Personnel / Field Personnel / Field Personnel Columns / immigration

Investment in the lives of others

Over the next weeks and months, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will be sharing reflections from our CBF field personnel serving around the world. These are stories of impact and outreach, Gospel-sharing and relationship building, long-term presence and abundant love. The following is a reflection from CBF field personnel Sue Smith, who serves through LUCHA Ministries … Continue reading

For International Migrant Day, nine immigrants’ stories
Fellowship Southwest / immigration

For International Migrant Day, nine immigrants’ stories

This Friday, Dec. 18, is International Migrants Day. To help us understand immigrants, Fellowship Southwest’s Elket Rodríguez interviewed nine Christian immigrants in different stages of their immigration process. These immigrants represent different countries, races, ethnicities and religious traditions. Some are asylum seekers living in migrant shelters in Mexico, just across the southern border of the … Continue reading

Houston church provides timely Advent offering to Matamoros ministry
Advent / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Houston church provides timely Advent offering to Matamoros ministry

By Elket Rodríguez Shared understanding of weakness and vulnerability prompted a Houston church to support a ministry to refugees in Matamoros, Mexico—just across the border from Brownsville, Texas. As Pastor Eleuterio González responded to the COVID-19 outbreak that forced him to close an immigrant shelter in Matamoros, Pastor David Deulofeu prepared to bless González’s ministry … Continue reading

Brothers in Christ, Navarro and Knox bond to serve immigrants
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Brothers in Christ, Navarro and Knox bond to serve immigrants

By Elket Rodríguez In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus demonstrates the power of compassion to transcend ethnic and religious differences. Now, 2,000 years later, shared love for immigrants has bound the hearts of Christian brothers from different quadrants of the Baptist denomination. Carlos Navarro is the Southern Baptist pastor of Iglesia Bautista West … Continue reading

Take a heartbreaking, inspiring trip with FSW along the U.S.-Mexico border
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Take a heartbreaking, inspiring trip with FSW along the U.S.-Mexico border

By Elket Rodríguez Despite COVID-19’s grinding misery, pastors who form the backbone of Fellowship Southwest’s ministry to immigrants are adapting to an ever-changing refugee flow and escalating needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Lorenzo Ortiz comforts immigrants torn apart by trauma and despair in Nuevo Laredo, just across the Rio Grande from … Continue reading

Bajen las Arpas que Cuelgan en los Sauces
Espanol / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Bajen las Arpas que Cuelgan en los Sauces

Por Rubén Ortiz Jeremías 29:1-14 se escribe para un pueblo en el exilio. Una gran parte del reino de Israel, fue desarraigada del lugar donde habían nacido casi unos 587 años antes de Cristo. Fueron obligados a viajar unas 700 millas por el desierto del Medio Oriente dejando atrás su tierra y las provisiones que … Continue reading