At the 2018 Regional Assembly our Region committed to a focus on understanding with greater depth the immigration challenge on our nation’s southern border, the work of our Disciples community on the border and in Mexico, and to forging closer ties to immigrant populations in our own communities. Two trips of Indiana Disciples to Mexico occurred prior to the suspension of travel due to the COVID pandemic. More trips are anticipated when travel can resume. In the meanwhile, we plan to use virtual tools to advance our understanding and connection. Beginning in August we will offer a monthly Zoom “Conversation with Neighbors” forum to connect members of our church with a Global Ministries partner or someone working with immigrant communities in Indiana. These will be held at 5:00 p.m. EDT on the third Wednesday of the month. You can find the link on the Region’s website, www.indianadisciples.org
The second conversation will be held on September 15 with Feliberto Pereira, Disciples minister and the founder and Director of the Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries in Los Fresnos, Texas (swgsm.org). For 40 years this ministry of our church has served refugees and immigrants along the US-Mexican border offering food and shelter to those seeking political asylum and escape from violence. Their effective work has earned them the respect and trust by both the refugees in their care and the U S Naturalization authorities.