With a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, people are called to act. When you’re clergy, the call is all the clearer and the need for direct action is now.
KENS-5 in San Antonio sent a crew to Brownsville to report on the good deeds of Pastor Carlos Navarro, a Central American migrant and U.S. citizen who converted half of his church into a respite center and began taking in migrant families released by federal authorities.
“I do it because my heart tells me to do it,” he said.
Navarro migrated to the U.S. from Guatemala in the ’80s. Like many Central American families today, he fled seeking better opportunities.
“I don’t forget what I had to go through when I came here. So, when I see them I see myself.”
The pastor believes migrants will continue to make the journey north until living conditions in Central America improve. Until then, he said, it is his duty to help thy neighbor. “If I want to show my true colors as a Christian this is the moment to do it,” he said.
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Since April 4, 2019, Iglesia Bautista Migrant Respite Center has helped more than 6,000 asylum seekers and refugees recently released by Customs and Border Protection by providing hot meals, medical assessments, clothing, showers, toiletries, infant supplies, travel equipment, information and education on immigration documents and proceedings, childcare and opportunities to rest.