Thirteen Methodist leaders enjoyed a meal with the clients of La Posada Providencia Aug. 23. After lunch, they toured the grounds and learned more about the mission of La Posada. Trip coordinator Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe gave Executive Director Andi Atkinson a special “Justice” t-shirt before the party departed.
Among the group were four bishops, one superintendent, two pastors, one deaconess and five administrators. Some traveled hours by car while others traveled hours by plane. In the end, however, they all met in the Rio Grande Valley and spent two days acquiring first-hand knowledge about the immigration crisis along the
The men and women stopped at immigrant shelters, court houses and even the border wall to speak with all people directly involved with the immigration crisis. Their purpose was to promote immigrant justice and policy reform.
The trip was organized by the General Board of Church and Society and the El Valle District Mission Service Project, both of the United Methodist Church.
The visitors were: Tricia Bruckbauer; Rebecca Cole; Rev. Sally Dyck; Susan Hellums; Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe; Cindy Johnson; Rev. Peggy Johnson; Rev. Robert Lopez; Rev. Laura Merrill; Rev. Hope Morgan Ward; Rev. Amelia Pieterse Beasley; Rev. Robert Schnase; and Rev. Maribel Vasquez.
Members of the American Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross visited La Posada Providencia the evening of Aug. 27. After Sister Zita Telkamp gave them a tour of the shelter, the men and women took time to speak with the clients who were outside enjoying the pleasant evening weather. Thank you, Red Cross, for always helping those in need!