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

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

Shifting focus in Fredericksburg: CBF field personnel reestablish original ministry goals amid COVID-19 crisis
COVID-19 / Featured / Field Personnel

Shifting focus in Fredericksburg: CBF field personnel reestablish original ministry goals amid COVID-19 crisis

By Ashleigh Bugg  The COVID-19 crisis has affected Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel around the world. Greg and Sue Smith, who run LUCHA Ministries, Inc., in Fredericksburg, Virginia, say the crisis has caused them to reestablish their original goals. “This has brought us back to the grassroots needs of people,” Sue said. “In more recent … Continue reading

Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 
Feature / Field Personnel / Missions / offering for global missions / refugees

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

An immigration “bottleneck,” Chiapas is home to misery
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

An immigration “bottleneck,” Chiapas is home to misery

By Elket Rodríguez A crisis among global immigrants who hope—or who once hoped—to obtain asylum in the United States is playing out in desperation and hunger hundreds of miles from the U.S-Mexico border. Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, is one of the world’s most important migration corridors. Races, nationalities, hopes and frustrations clash in Chiapas. Northbound … Continue reading

Churches are crucial to protecting immigrants, Mexican leader says 
COVID-19 / immigration

Churches are crucial to protecting immigrants, Mexican leader says 

By Elket Rodríguez  People of faith are helping provide a buffer of protection between the coronavirus and thousands of immigrants along the United States border, a government leader in north central Mexico reported. “The best (protective) efforts have been working side-by-side with organizations of faith, specifically the evangelical churches,” Enrique Valenzuela said of the government’s efforts to contain … Continue reading

González’s care packages cheer Tijuana refugees 
COVID-19 / immigration

González’s care packages cheer Tijuana refugees 

By Elket Rodríguez  Care packages brightened the day for 90 refugees living at Albergue Juventud 2000, a youth shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, early this week. Pastor Juvenal González handed out the little boxes containing high-demand hygiene products that are hard to get in Mexican immigrant shelters. “We gave them boxes with shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, … Continue reading

Join CBF Advocacy in protecting Immigrants and Refugees amid COVID-19 
advocacy / COVID-19 / immigration

Join CBF Advocacy in protecting Immigrants and Refugees amid COVID-19 

By John Mark Boes  Allow me to say something that should go unsaid: The COVID-19 pandemic that is currently gripping our country is scary. We are at the hands of a silent, invisible plague that seems unshakable. Where is the Gospel hope we so boldly proclaim in the most challenging of times? Now, imagine you … 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