Fleeing Putin’s war, Ukrainians make their way to U.S. through FSW partner ministries on the border
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Fleeing Putin’s war, Ukrainians make their way to U.S. through FSW partner ministries on the border

By Elket Rodríguez All along the U.S.-Mexico border, the pastors who comprise Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry are welcoming Ukrainian migrants.  In Tijuana, close to the Pacific Ocean, Pastor Juvenal González has fed dozens of Ukrainian migrants waiting on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro International bridge.  “There they are, there they eat, and … Continue reading

Turf-war refugees: Cartel violence in southwestern Mexico propels migrants to U.S. border
Feature / Fellowship Southwest / General CBF

Turf-war refugees: Cartel violence in southwestern Mexico propels migrants to U.S. border

By Elket Rodríguez All along the U.S.-Mexico border, the pastors who comprise Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry are facing a nuanced and complicated migratory flow. The number of Mexicans fleeing violence has skyrocketed, due to an ongoing cartel turf war in the southwestern states of Michoacán, Veracruz, Guerrero and Chiapas.  The increase in Mexicans fleeing … Continue reading

Mirando a los refugiados, pero viendo a Jesús
advocacy / Espanol / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Mirando a los refugiados, pero viendo a Jesús

Por Elket Rodríguez ¡Mírame! Eso me susurró Jesús todos los días que estuve en la gira de Fellowship Southwest visitando los ministerios que componen su red de apoyo a migrantes. Por espacio de dos semanas, fueron muchas las veces que me encontré a Jesús por la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Vi a Jesús … Continue reading

Migration: A world of stories
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Migration: A world of stories

By Rubén Ortiz Our eyes and ears never get a break. Continual sight and sound revolve around the border crisis. Headlines follow one another; news flashes and press conferences interrupt our daily lives. Expert opinions multiply, while solutions diminish. Politicians, logisticians, religious leaders and activists visit the Southern border. They all clamor to be correct … 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

Together for Hope participates in Relay of Kindness and Models Collaboration
Featured / Missions / Together for Hope

Together for Hope participates in Relay of Kindness and Models Collaboration

By Jennifer Colosimo A story’s most profound message most often comes from the people who lived it. So, in the case of the first Relay of Kindness, hearing it called “a story of collaboration,” transfers the focus of the story from numbers to people, from statistics to hearts and hands. Those words come from Mark … 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