Advocacy Action Alert: Lend your voice to support raising the U.S. annual ceiling for refugee admissions
advocacy / immigration / refugees

Advocacy Action Alert: Lend your voice to support raising the U.S. annual ceiling for refugee admissions

By Elket Rodríguez People of faith must speak up for immigrants before next Wednesday, Sept. 30, when President Donald Trump will set U.S. refugee quotas for the next fiscal year, CBF leaders urged. The current U.S. refugee admissions ceiling is 18,000—the lowest number of refugees resettled in a single year since Congress established the refugee … Continue reading

Doctor’s wrong number proved to be a life-saving “call from heaven”
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Doctor’s wrong number proved to be a life-saving “call from heaven”

By Elket Rodríguez A “call from heaven” enabled Pastor Eleuterio González to help a desperately sick child in Matamoros, Mexico. Supported by Fellowship Southwest, González and his church, Iglesia Valle de Beraca, feed and protect more than 1,600 immigrants living in the Alberca Chavez shelter, across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas. They also minister … Continue reading

Immigrants witness “miracle,” thanks to Hearts4Kids & CBF’s coronavirus fund
bold faith / COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Immigrants witness “miracle,” thanks to Hearts4Kids & CBF’s coronavirus fund

By Marv Knox When the COVID-19 pandemic forced many nonprofits in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to shut down, Hearts4Kids rallied volunteers to take up the slack. And thanks to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship donors, the CBF Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund fueled the effort for almost a month. “H4K’s mission is to stay committed and focused to … Continue reading

Advocacy Action Alert for the Immigrant and the Hungry
advocacy / COVID-19 / immigration

Advocacy Action Alert for the Immigrant and the Hungry

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every aspect of our lives, the number of people experiencing hunger is staggering. Some of them are immigrants and low-income families, many of which do not even have access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, and are unemployed. The Advocacy Action Team has been urging Congress to protect immigrants … Continue reading

Your voice can protect immigrants from perils of the pandemic
advocacy / COVID-19 / immigration

Your voice can protect immigrants from perils of the pandemic

By Marv Knox Through its extensive network of churches, missionaries and nonprofit partners, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship serves thousands of immigrants who live in the United States. They are not government statistics; we know them personally. They are our friends and neighbors—in colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border, Eastern Seaboard cities, and neighborhoods in-between. Because we … Continue reading

COVID-19 afflicts Fellowship Southwest’s immigrant network
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

COVID-19 afflicts Fellowship Southwest’s immigrant network

By Fellowship Southwest The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked along the U.S. Mexico border, and now it has come calling on Fellowship Southwest’s ministry to refugees seeking asylum in the United States. FSW’s Immigrant Relief Ministry has been built upon a network of pastors who feed and protect immigrants from the Gulf of Mexico to the … Continue reading

Matamoros immigrant ministry endures perfect storm
COVID-19 / Disaster Response / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Matamoros immigrant ministry endures perfect storm

By Marv Knox A perfect storm of calamity—the immigration crisis, COVID-19 and a hurricane—has buffeted Fellowship Southwest’s immigrant relief ministry in Matamoros, Mexico. The needs are dire; the response is sacrificial. Since 2018, Fellowship Southwest has supported feeding projects on the Gateway International Bridge between Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, as well as in the sprawling … Continue reading

Fellowship Southwest Immigrant Relief Ministry blesses refugees in Tijuana
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Fellowship Southwest Immigrant Relief Ministry blesses refugees in Tijuana

By Marv Knox Refugee families who live in a Tijuana shelter supported by Fellowship Southwest have expressed thanks for the blessing they have received, Pastor Juvenal González reported. Since 2018, Fellowship Southwest has supported a network of pastors and congregations who minister to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. The immigrants have journeyed from their homelands—mostly … Continue reading

Speak up to protect refugees’ right to seek asylum
advocacy / immigration / refugees

Speak up to protect refugees’ right to seek asylum

  By Elket Rodríguez Who can forget the Holocaust? In just five years, nearly 6 million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis and their supporting governments. We also must remember the Third Reich planted the seeds of genocide long before it carried out the Holocaust. Much earlier, the German government implemented multiple policies … Continue reading

Preying on fear, pandemics spark hatred, violence and injustice
immigration

Preying on fear, pandemics spark hatred, violence and injustice

By Elket Rodríguez Across the ages, pandemics have packed punitive punches: From 1347 to 1351, the black death swept across Europe. Mobs scapegoated Jews, murdering thousands. In the early 20th century, the Spanish flu spread throughout the world, and millions died. In the United States, the pandemic spawned racial and social unrest, prompting the deaths … Continue reading