A few more articles have been posted by the Presbyterian News Service about the travel study seminar focused on immigration – Voices from the Border and Beyond. The two articles talk more deeply about the border between Mexico and Guatemala and the group’s time in Guatemala and El Salvador. You can view them by clicking the titles below:
1. Two women, two borders, one cause: In witnessing the plight of thousands of Central American migrants seeking hope along dangerous paths, two women offer a temporary home for the homeless. Written by Paul Seebach and posted on Feb. 2, 2015.
2. Dreams and dangers: For many migrants, the lure of a better life means risking countless perils. Written by Paul Seebach and posted on Feb. 4, 2015.
I also wanted to draw your attention to another article on Presbyterian News Service. This one highlights the work at one of the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach (PBRO)‘s border ministry sites, Frontera de Cristo. The ministry provided by Café Justo is a perfect example of when we find ways to make the market fair (not free) and make direct connections between growers and consumers, the results can be transformative. Growers gain more control of their goods and their quality of life. These controls have a lasting impact on communities. And we are grateful for Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar‘s key accompaniment to make this dream a reality – yay, for PCUSA mission co-workers!
Mexico-based coffee cooperatives empower growers, eliminate need for migration. Posted on January 31, 2015.
We acknowledge that we are privileged to be part of a larger family as your children. However, God, we sometimes forget the family we do not see everyday. We forget about their struggles and strife, and we forget to celebrate when they celebrate. Help us to remember that we, too, need to share our struggles and celebrations. As we hear and reflect on these struggles and celebrations, help us begin to dream about positive, lasting, sustainable, transformative experiences and be better sisters and brothers. It is a privilege to be part of a larger family and we have the opportunity to reach out. Enable us to reach within in order to reach out. AMEN.