Line of demarcation on the U.S.-Mexico border at San Ysidro, California. (Photo by Josh Denmark/www.cbp.gov)
I’m not properly equipped to outline a solution for the humanitarian crisis taking place at the U.S. border but I do know the situation pulls at all of our hearts no matter our stance on how best to deal with the overall issue of illegal immigration.
I’m confident none of us want anyone’s child to be afraid or lacking basic securities, care and love. It’s one thing to be in the dark about sufferings happening around us; it’s another to know about it and choose to sit back and do nothing.
After all with knowledge comes responsibility — but then there’s the problem of determining exactly what it means to be responsible.
Reconciling levels of responsibility
We know we should be the ones responsible to care for ourselves and our families which also means protecting them.
We know we are called to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength” and “love your neighbors as yourself.”
But how do we reconcile these specific responsibilities when it comes to the border crisis?
We may be able to help with immediate actions to alleviate some of the suffering but we can’t stop there.
Our country’s leaders must set aside their political agendas to find a workable solution. They’ve done it before and are more than capable of doing it now, but I do think they need to know we will not punish them for sitting across the table together to figure it out.
We also must remember to pray for all involved and find ways to help.
While U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities currently are not accepting any donations of supplies to help migrant families and children, we can look for other ways to assist current ministry efforts.
For instance, West Brownsville Baptist Church is one church ministering in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. The church recently began serving as an overflow respite center to shelter migrants and has lots of needs related to that role.
Purchase items from the church’s Amazon wishlist for Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville Respite Center here.
Other Baptist organizations accepting relief donations include:
San Diego Southern Baptist Association: Choose “Juvenal Gonzalez-Tijuana” fund (church planting catalyst missionary in Tijuana serving migrants) and give online at https://app.easytithe.com/App/Giving/sdsba.
Baptist Convention of New Mexico: Choose “Disaster Relief” fund and give online at https://bcnm.com/give/.
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention: Choose “Disaster Relief” fund and give online at https://www.shelbygiving.com/App/Giving/sbtc.
Arizona Southern Baptist Convention: Specify an amount, then choose “AZSBC Disaster Relief” to give online at https://azsbc.org/give/.
The Alabama Baptist staff will continue researching appropriate ways to contribute, send supplies and provide teams to help.
If you are interested in assisting the efforts or have information to share, then reach out to us at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-803-5201, ext. 103.
—Jennifer Davis Rash