On the Ground: Fellowship Southwest immigrant ministries remain resilient in face of COVID-19
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On the Ground: Fellowship Southwest immigrant ministries remain resilient in face of COVID-19

By Elket Rodríguez COVID-19 has transformed Fellowship Southwest’s immigrant relief ministries all along the U.S.-Mexico border. Among the pastors who guide the effort, some are reinventing their ministries, others have identified new service opportunities, and still others have suffered losses and obstacles that put their work at risk. Yet they demonstrate resiliency only achieved through … Continue reading

Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 
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Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 

By Blake Tommey In recent years, immigration has become a central and often divisive issue in American public life. Central American migrants, weary of violence and coercion in their home countries, have brought this pressing issue to our nation’s doorstep. To confront this challenge, people of faith across the United States, including Cooperative Baptists, have traveled hundreds … Continue reading

Field personnel-led face mask project supports refugees during COVID-19 crisis in Houston
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Field personnel-led face mask project supports refugees during COVID-19 crisis in Houston

By Ashleigh Bugg In Texas, quarantine measures due to COVID-19 have strained government groups as well as small businesses who have been forced to fire employees and cancel events. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Nell Green and expert tailors Hayder Alnajafi and Munir Masih want to offer solutions by creating face masks for organizations and individuals. These face masks … Continue reading

Promised Land
COVID-19 / Field Personnel / Field Personnel Columns / refugees

Promised Land

By Marc Wyatt Just days into the reality of the global health crisis, we received word that an Afghan family of seven were 24 hours from arriving at the airport. Our refugee agency partner, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, had expected the family to be denied entry to the United States as did we. We hurried to prepare their rooms at Welcome House. … Continue reading

Immigration attorney Elket Rodríguez to work with CBF, Fellowship Southwest on border
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Immigration attorney Elket Rodríguez to work with CBF, Fellowship Southwest on border

By Fellowship Southwest  Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Advocacy, CBF Global Missions and Fellowship Southwest are collaborating to place Elket Rodríguez, an attorney with extensive experience in immigration law, on their team on the U.S.-Mexico border. Rodríguez, a native of Puerto Rico who lives and practices law in Harlingen, Texas, will become CBF’s immigrant and refugee specialist … Continue reading

Christmas miracle: Construction moves ahead for immigrant respite center
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Christmas miracle: Construction moves ahead for immigrant respite center

By Marv Knox BROWNSVILLE, Texas—Construction of an immigrant respite center at Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville is moving forward, thanks to a Christmas miracle of generosity. IB West Brownsville ministers to refugees who pass through Matamoros, Mexico, as they seek asylum in the United States. The U.S. immigration policy requires asylum seekers to “wait in place” … Continue reading

Fellowship Southwest joins coalition to launch desert immigrant shelter
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Fellowship Southwest joins coalition to launch desert immigrant shelter

By Marv Knox Joy and gladness radiated from the desert about 100 miles west of Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 3. A shelter for refugees opened in Palomas, Chihuahua—thanks to a coalition that includes the village of Palomas, the state of Chihuahua, Red de Albergues Migrantes (the Migrant Shelter Network), regional nonprofits and Fellowship Southwest. Although Palomas … Continue reading

Warm wishes aren’t enough; refugees need blankets
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Warm wishes aren’t enough; refugees need blankets

By Marv Knox As winter’s frigid blast buffeted the U.S.-Mexico border this week, pastors pleaded for blankets to comfort immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. “Very cold today; 37 degrees,” Carlos Navarro, pastor of Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville wrote in a text on Tuesday. Later, in a phone call, he said churches that provide … Continue reading

CBF coordinates ecumenical, nonpartisan ministry to immigrant caravan
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CBF coordinates ecumenical, nonpartisan ministry to immigrant caravan

By Marv Knox  Pastors and ministry leaders on both sides of the Mexico-United States border are gearing up to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the immigrant caravan that began in Latin America and now is marching through Mexico toward the United States. A coalition of churches on both sides of the border, including … Continue reading