Immigration and Refugee Response of the El Valle District, Rio Valle Conference
The Wesley Missions Ministry Team has designated the Immigration and Refugee Response of the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC as our May Missions Project.
In recent years, the Northern Triangle countries of Central America (Honduras, Guatemala & El Salvador) have experienced an increase in gang violence and climatic disasters such as droughts and floods. This has caused many to come North to seek refuge in the U.S., resulting in a humanitarian crisis at the border. The Methodist Border Friendship Commission is a ministry of the El Valle District UMC and the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC whose mission is to respond through immigration and refugee programs and ministries. They do this by partnering with various agencies serving immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley.
One of the agencies they work with is the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX, which receives persons who have been processed and released by the Border Patrol, and who will travel to other parts of the country, awaiting legal action. The Center provides showers, a hot meal, medications, and backpacks of supplies. Another agency is the La Posada Providencia shelter outside of San Benito, TX, which cares for refugees and asylum-seekers from all over the world. The Methodist Border Friendship Commission supports these and other agencies through volunteering and funding, and through the purchase of basic needs items such as socks, underwear, jeans, sandwiches, snacks, over-the-counter medicine, etc.
If you would like to help support the efforts of the Rio Texas Conference’s Methodist Border Friendship Commission, please make your check out to Wesley UMC with Texas Border Response on the memo line and mail it to the church. To give online click on online giving.
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