Kids craft time at La Posada: tracing ourselves. Sammy (from Ethiopia) has been at the shelter for 2 months or so. He, his little brother, and his mom spent a couple weeks at the detention center in Port Isabel. They now are waiting at La Posada for his dad to be released from detention in Georgia.
Michael discussing some “really big plans” with Dr. Robinson, the founder and director of the Culture of Life mission clinic.
The Culture of Life volunteer team.
Lance and David came down from San Antonio to help out at La Posada (Sister Margaret in the middle). With the shelter housing less men and more women with kids recently, it’s a huge help to have some folks just come take care of some “honey-dos”. Thanks guys. We got a lot done in just a few hours.
Christos Anesti everybody!
Lunch time at La Posada. Folks from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Cuba, and Sister Therese from the US.
Erica talking with the volunteer staff at Culture of Life.
We were invited to the Matthew 25 conference in Austin. It was an invitation only gathering of Anglicans doing justice and mercy work around the US and Canada. Lot’s of cool folks there.
Nono is the director of the Isaiah 55 mission to the deaf. Here he is with one handsome devil of a clergyman.
No signs of irony down along the border. I’ll keep looking.
In the neighborhood where the Isaiah 55 mission is, if you don’t work in the sex industry, then you probably haul trash in a trash cart (green thing in the background). Once a year, our friends at I55 have a veterinary and cart repair trip.
Had lunch with Fr. Ryan Reed from the Diocese of Fort Worth. They are working on a large scale project in Brownsville. The van was his honest to goodness ride. Tell me you wouldn’t want to work with a priest that shows up in that sucker.
Flooding in our neighborhood.
Isaiah 55 staff girls night.
Woke up to a double rainbow this morning… and our trash can knocked over by the roaming pack of ownerless dogs.
Saham (from Somalia) and her brother and mother spent 9 months at La Posada waiting for her dad to be released from detention back in east.
Hamdi (from Somalia) holding Amen (from Ethiopia) while his mother runs an errand. Ethiopia and Somalia are historically antagonistic people groups. The love of Christ at La Posada changes things.
Father George Graydon, Michael, Father Antonio (OCA), and Father John Needham at Father George’s wife’s funeral in Brownsville. (Fr. George passed on the following month)
We picked up some of the Ethiopians staying at La Posada and took them to the Orthodox Church in Pharr.
Afterwards, we all came back to our house for an old-fashioned southern style dinner. Turns out that southern Sunday dinner items (i.e. squash, greens, etc.) are traditional Ethiopian foods as well. Who knew?
La Posada Providencia (The Providential Inn) has housed hundreds of immigrants and asylum seekers every year for around 25 years or so.