In May, 2019, as part of the New England Synod Task Force for Refugees and Immigrants, I (Bess Sproul) spent a week in a Border Immersion Experience, led by Pastor Rosemary Sanchez-Guzman, at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, in El Paso Texas. We helped to feed asylum seekers, learned from Border Guards, and visited shelters that were part of Annunciation House, a ministry of the Catholic Church. We observed court sessions, and met with a judge. I brought news of the needs of that little congregation back to Trinity. You may remember that in the winter of 2020, Trinity helped to collect sleeping bags and sweatshirts for the shelters across the border in Juarez, Mexico, when the “wait in Mexico” order went into effect. Our collections helped to fill a van that Christ Lutheran Church, Natick had purchased for Cristo Rey for their ministry. More recently, one of our monthly collections included new underwear and socks that were sent to Cristo Rey.
Looking ahead, in September, Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey will open its building to give hospitality to Refugees, the first time they have done this since the pandemic hit. Pastor Rosemary sent a wish list of things needed for their facility, and they will also help shelters in El Paso and Juarez with food, supplies and volunteers. The needs range from baby formula and diapers, toddler and baby quilts, kitchen drying towels, coloring books and crayons, to the continued need for underwear and socks, to roof repairs, security cameras and a doorbell, and regular mattresses and air mattresses. CLICK HERE to see the list of items needed by Cristo Rey. Tangible donations can be brought to Trinity and left in the hallway leading the the Nave. Checks can be written out to Trinity Lutheran Church with “Cristo Rey” in the Memo line. Contact Bess Sproul email@example.com with any questions.