TAC Responding to Southern Border Needs

9/11/2014

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to members of the Texas Annual Conference for once again showing up with the love of Jesus Christ to care for the least of these  --God's precious children who are strangers in our midst and desperately in need of our care on our southern border!” says Diane McGehee, Director of the Center for Missional Excellence. “Not only have you held prayer vigils, given clothes, shoes, bedding, food and gift cards to help families and children at the interfaith welcoming centers along the border, and donated generously to UMCOR to help with its response, but you have also helped train an interfaith team of volunteer attorneys and bilingual interpreters to represent vulnerable families and children. Our trained volunteers will help those who have been victims of violence and need assistance in telling their stories of pain, suffering and loss so that the U.S. government can make an informed decision about how to respond to their needs.”
 
Last month, St. Paul's UMC, Houston, hosted a training which was attended by over 60 volunteer attorneys from the Houston area and beyond. In early September, First United Methodist Church, Houston hosted a training for bilingual volunteers willing to serve as interpreters for those traumatized by violence prompting them to flee in fear from Central America. “This witness of presence and accompaniment both to these women and children and the greater world community is a tremendous testimony to our faith in Christ and his love for the world,” she adds.
 
Wanted: More volunteers who would like to exercise their language skills while learning about the complexities of immigration. More Spanish/English bilingual interpreters are needed to accompany attorneys to help with "credible fear" interviews for these women and children.  A training video will soon be made available on our website along with the registration form to indicate your interest and availability.   

Join us on a Prayer Vigil
An interfaith prayer vigil is also being held at the Karnes facility outside of San Antonio on Thursday evening, September 18th.  For those who would like to attend, we will be carpooling from St. Paul's United UMC, 5501 Main Street, departing sharply at 12:30 pm and returning by midnight. If you would like to attend, please let the Center for Missional Excellence know so that we can plan adequate transportation.  We will also be providing an online link for those who wish to participate virtually from your home location.