Stories

Disciples talk about their personal experiences with immigration. Families tell the real stories of life on the border, family separation, and ministry. Share these videos with your congregation.

Thoughts on the border with Rev. Xosé Escamilla

“Manny suffered sadness.”

“You work in Cuba… for nothing.”

Traffic Stop

“She came asking for help.”

“Seeing their dad arrested was hard.”

“All his life is here.”

Determined U.S. citizen works on graduating

“We are called ‘a thousand uses’.”

“We want to serve this country…”

“Separation is like divorce.”

 

Church Answers Call to Welcome; Provides Legal Assistance to Immigrants

A volunteer assists Haitian clients apply for Temporary Protected Status, at a legal clinic sponsored by CWS. Photo: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo/CWS

December 23, 2013 — As many around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, it’s common to consider what messages the Christmas story holds for us in our daily lives. What does it mean to make room for strangers? For members at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Christian Church the call to extend hospitality is clear, and they have taken action.

“We’re living out our theology,” says the Rev. Richard Sturm, and elder at “The Park,” as the church is known. “This is something we’re meant to live out right now. Not some biblical mandate for some day in the future.”

CWS helped the congregation to host immigration clinics. Church volunteers welcome immigrants and collect basic information at intake interviews before immigration attorneys from CWS meet with them to determine if there is a way to solve some of the problems they’re facing with their status.

“These clinics are a small way of engaging hospitality as a biblical mandate,” Sturm says. “It makes me feel like we’re not postponing living faithfully. It feels like there’s a purpose. They’re a small but meaningful way for us to engage.”


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