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

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

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

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

Meditations on a pandemic and asylum seekers
advocacy / COVID-19 / immigration

Meditations on a pandemic and asylum seekers

By Elket Rodríguez  Prompted by COVID-19, desperation is starting to sink into refugee camps on the border. Some immigrants are leaving the camps, others are moving to shelters, but not many are taking buses to Mexico’s southern border to return to their home countries. Worse, some are thinking about sending their children to enter the United States unaccompanied. This is the somber humanitarian tragedy of the … Continue reading

Meditaciones sobre una pandemia y solicitantes de asilo
advocacy / COVID-19 / Espanol / immigration

Meditaciones sobre una pandemia y solicitantes de asilo

Por Elket Rodríguez  Impulsado por COVID-19, la desesperación está comenzando a inundar los campos de refugiados en la frontera. Algunos inmigrantes abandonan los campamentos, otros se mudan a refugios y no muchos toman autobuses hacia la frontera sur de México para regresar a sus países de origen. Peor aún, algunos están pensando en enviar a sus hijos a Estados Unidos solos, … Continue reading