posada at la posada 1


The Nativity Posada at La Posada immigrant shelter. Incredible experience following behind immigrant Mary and Joseph and being turned away at the different doors until finally the one let us in and Christ was “born” there.

vbs at i55


We went over to the Isaiah 55 mission in Reynosa this evening for their VBS and to have dinner. Fun times. Tons of kids there, all from the worst part of town imaginable (except for the 4 “Anglos” on the left).

Watercolors at La Posada


Jacob says he’s lived all around the world. Most recently he came with his mom and two sisters from South Africa. They have moved off on their own but had to come back to La Posada to finish some of their paperwork.

Tracing at La Posada


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.

david and lance with sr margaret


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.

Cart and Donkey Mission Trip I55


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.

Fr Ryan Reed

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.

Spinning

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.

Zenie and Hamdi

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.

michael, daniel, and other ethiopians


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?