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God multiplies our efforts

2.11. 2019 Posted By: Ron Byler

Photo: Sister Zita at the La Posada shelter with baby Emmanuel and members of our border learning tour. Photo courtesy of Janae Rempel. The jar of meal will not be emptied, and the jug of oil will not fail.—I Kings 17:14 Ana Hinojosa remembers growing up on the Texas-Mexico border near Brownsville in the late […]

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God of foreigners and strangers

10.29. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

A couple years ago, I was crossing the border from Canada into the United States after two days of speaking about the church, the Bible and immigration at Mennonite Central Committee’s Ottawa Office in Ontario. After dozens of tense encounters with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, I’m always a bit nervous when I approach […]

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God’s love in action changed my life

9.10. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

I still remember that cold and rainy Sunday as we drove to the evening service at our church, Iglesia Mennonita del Cordero. As we drove past the immigrant-homeless shelter, we saw families gathering pieces of cardboard boxes on the side of the road, ready for trash pick up the next morning. My dad slowed down, and […]

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Immigration Community Day held in Philadelphia

8.13. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

As I stepped onto the upper floor of Centro de Alabanza, a humble church building in the heart of South Philly, I encountered a flood of color; blue, purple, green and orange hues hung from the ceilings and walls as lively decor, and a spectrum of dark brown to beige smiling faces filled the room. […]

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Irwan’s story: ‘Tomorrow I will be deported’

7.23. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

That morning Irwan opened his eyes and slowly got up from his bed, getting ready for work. As always, his wife looked busy in the kitchen preparing breakfast and a lunch for him to take. Before he left the house, he kissed Sarah, age 11 and Diana, age 7. (Names in this article have been […]

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People are dying out here

6.21. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

The son of man will be handed over to be crucified. –Matthew 26:2 Artist Alvaro Enciso builds beautiful crosses from empty tin cans he finds on the migrant trail in the desert on the Mexico-Arizona border. Enciso tells me he had no idea people were dying out here in the Sonora desert, but the deaths […]

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A Mennonite attorney weighs in on family separation along the U.S. border

6.20. 2018 Posted By: Sheldon C. Good

In a two-part interview, Sheldon C. Good, executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., talks with Lisa Koop, associate director of legal services at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. Koop directs NIJC’s asylum project, handles federal litigation and provides representation and supervision in deportation defense matters, and heads NIJC’s office in Goshen, Indiana. She attends Assembly Mennonite […]

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