In the month of May 2020, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the Churches of the Nazarene in the South Border district of Mexico are helping the immigrant community who are awaiting immigration approvals in the city of Tapachula, Chiapas.
With the help of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Mesoamerica Region, led by Coordinator Edi Montejo Alvarado, an offering was received for this project. Food baskets and cleaning supplies were given to 75 immigrant families. These families are from various nationalities including Haitians, Africans, Cubans, and Central Americans who find themselves waiting in the city for the immigration process to be completed, which can take from six months to one year.
The District Superintendent of the South Border district, Rev. Roberto Lopez Fajardo, shares that the district has been ministering to these families for more than one year. Most of the families attend the Second Church of the Nazarene which is pastored by Socorro Marroquín Hipólito.
The immigrant community is in constant change since those who receive the humanitarian visa continue their journey toward the north and other families while other families then arrive from various world areas to begin the same process in the immigration office located in the city of Tapachula.
¨We hope, with God’s help, to be able to help each one of these families once again with more supplies in the month of June.”
In addition to the assistance given to the immigrants, the local churches are also helping the most vulnerable during the pandemic, including the retired pastors and widows of pastors.
Source: Shelley Webb, assigned to Mexico to work with Partnerships and Work and Witness.