CBF Advocacy: Immigrant Community Advisory
advocacy / bold faith / COVID-19 / immigration

CBF Advocacy: Immigrant Community Advisory

The global COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted virtually every community in the United States. Of course, some communities are far more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 than others. The immigrant community on the southern border of the United States is certainly one of these communities that is vulnerable to the public health and societal impacts … Continue reading

Despite viral pandemic, border pastors persist in ministry to refugees
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Despite viral pandemic, border pastors persist in ministry to refugees

By Marv Knox Compassion and concern, faith and fear, respect and resolve crackled across the country as pastors who comprise Fellowship Southwest’s ministry to asylum seekers talked on the phone March 25. They spent almost two hours telling each other about their work with refugees on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as their concerns for … Continue reading

Fellowship Southwest partner Lorenzo Ortiz stays behind closed border
COVID-19 / Fellowship! Magazine / immigration

Fellowship Southwest partner Lorenzo Ortiz stays behind closed border

By Marv Knox NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO—Lorenzo Ortiz, a Texas pastor who operates three immigrant shelters in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, stayed behind when the U.S. and Mexican governments closed the border to all “nonessential” travel at midnight Saturday, March 21. Mutual concern about the transmission of COVID-19 led U.S. and Mexican policymakers to shut down border … Continue reading

Wherever the refugees are, that’s where we’ll be
Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Wherever the refugees are, that’s where we’ll be

By Marv Knox An intriguing and disconcerting message popped up on my telephone screen late last week. “I just got out from the meeting in Juarez … talking about the MPP changes,” wrote Rosalio Sosa, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Tierra de Oro in El Paso and leader of Fellowship Southwest’s efforts to minister to asylum … Continue reading

Following in Bold Faith
Toward Bold Faithfulness

Following in Bold Faith

For congregations to thrive and Christ’s mission among us to flourish, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has entered a season of discovering where God would focus our work together. Take CBF’s online survey about your church and your personal ministry aspirations before Feb. 2.   This devotional is part of a series in January that tells stories of “Bold Faith” … Continue reading

Bold Faithfulness at the Border
immigration / Toward Bold Faithfulness

Bold Faithfulness at the Border

For congregations to thrive and Christ’s mission among us to flourish, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has entered a season of discovering where God would focus our work together. Take CBF’s online survey about your church and your personal ministry aspirations before Feb. 2.   This devotional is part of a series in January that tells stories of “Bold Faith” … 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