One afternoon a few months ago, I received a call from a local pastor. Her church had helped a woman we'll call Maria with some food and shelter, before Maria got on a bus and left town for the southeast. A few weeks later, Maria called our local pastor with a desperate need. She had a court appointment to further her case for asylum, and the person she had gone to stay with was sick and couldn't take her. She remembered our local church as a place of safety and help, so she called. I contacted a UCC church in Maria's new hometown, and was able to connect her with a social worker and immigration lawyer, who were members of that church.
Many of you have asked Justice and Witness Ministries and the Southwest Conference how you can get involved with border ministries. You want to learn about the reality on the USMexico border and how to help migrants as they enter the United States, but you're not sure where to begin. We are happy to share this resource directory with your congregations as a starting place.