As a large caravan of Haitian migrants nears the U.S./Mexico border, City Church of Del Rio, Texas has been preparing to minister to the migrants. During the first week of August, City Church prepared more than 2,000 sandwiches over four days for migrants at the request of the U.S. Border Patrol.
The migrants were halted as they approached the U.S. border and found shelter beneath a bridge while they waited to be processed. City Church Pastor Matt Mayberry said, “Lord willing, we won’t have to do this again anytime soon. But when there is a need, we want to be obedient.”
After a brief respite, the church has reengaged the migrants after Texas Baptists’ River Ministry missionary, Shon Young, was notified by Border Patrol on September 11 that approximately 1,500 Haitians camped beneath the bridge were in desperate need of assistance.
Young, who also serves as the president of the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition, has been coordinating donations with local churches, non-profits, and refugees’ relief agencies.
After assessing the situation in person Pastor Mayberry, “It’s surreal.”
As of September 16, the number of Haitian refugees under the bridge has reached almost 10,000 according to the Washington Post, fueled by the most recent unrest caused by the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
“We learned from last time,” Mayberry said. “We immediately reached out to other churches.”
Currently more than twenty churches have organized a feeding schedule to coordinate meals for the migrants. With support from U.S. Border Patrol, the congregations have been able to use federal funds to purchase meals and facilitate preparation activities.
It is expected that in the coming days the number of refugees may surge to an excess of 20,000, further stretching limited resources. However, Mayberry said, “We’re not alone. Others are serving alongside us. It’s a real picture of the body of Christ working together.”
Whether it’s serving meals for a month or another two months, Mayberry remains optimistic.
Source: Baptist Standard