Christian groups helping feed, minister to asylum seekers

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

illegal border crossingChristian organizations are partnering to help with the illegal immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Respite centers are located all across the border, from Texas to California, including one in Del Rio, Texas, where volunteers with Samaritan's Purse and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief are helping people.

Todd Taylor of Samaritan’s Purse says the respite centers are working with the U.S Border Patrol to help people who are on what he calls a “legal pathway” after requesting asylum in the U.S.

“They're able to take a shower, get a hot meal,” he tells OneNewsNow, “and be able to relax while they're waiting for their transportation."

While this is happening, the migrants are being shown God's love.

"As they're eating, we have chaplains available to talk with them, pray with them,” Taylor says. “And then, throughout the day, we have volunteers that are here at the center that are working with the kids, just loving on them, playing with them."

In its own story about helping the migrants, Samaritan’s Purse quotes a Hispanic pastor in Laredo who says they arrive “desperate” and “frustrated,” but their attitudes change after a meal and a gentle conversation.

At another respite center in Texas, Leo and Barb Grabowski, chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, freely share the Good News of Jesus Christ with asylum seekers. 

"And we love on them with the best way we can: a hug, a handshake," Leo says. "Whatever it is, we give it to them the best we can in Jesus name."

According to Barb, the asylum seekers often arrive with "tattered" clothes  but receive a shower and new, clean clothes. 

It has been incredible, Taylor says, to see the body of Christ working together to share the hope of Jesus Christ.

 

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