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Trinity on the Border began its work in the Rio Grande Valley in July 2015 when Fr. Michael and Dr. Erica Jarrett M.D. were sent to develop an Anglican response to some of the issues that are specific to our southern border. We are a chapel and outreach ministry serving primarily among the vulnerable (migrants, immigrants, and the poor). Our ministry includes: a free medical clinic, working with an immigrant shelter and an organic farm, a K-2nd Grade school, a weekly healing service at the free-clinic, a weekly communion service with the staff of a mission to the deaf in Mexico, a weekly Sunday evening Eucharist, Morning Prayer 3 days a week, and occasional Holy Day services.
We are looking for someone who feels called to serve as a missionary along the South Texas border. There are several areas we wish to develop depending on the skills of the person God sends us. These areas include: sustainable agriculture, public health, community nursing, ESL & citizenship, immigrant advocacy, after-school programming, elementary school teacher, and communications.
We have a small group of people who gather on Sunday evening for Anglican worship. We also have Morning Prayer 3 days a week, evening prayer twice a week, a weekly school chapel service, and a weekly healing service. Our mission has a “high” theology of worship and the Church with a missionary practicality.
Currently there are no ACNA churches in the Rio Grande Valley. There is a small ACNA community about 2 hours away and then the next closest would be in San Antonio (nearly four hours away). We would like to see the Anglican Church grow here along the border out of our culture of service and outreach work with the vulnerable. We take a lot of our cues from the positive aspects of New World missions in Texas and California.
This is a missionary position. An applicant should be very aware of that. Outside of the team, there is not an Anglican community anywhere nearby. As a missionary, you are joining a mission culture more so than simply filling a job role. A missionary priest must be flexible, adaptable, and a self-starter.
We are on the Mexican border. Someone with affection, experience, and/or desire for Hispanic ministry would be ideal. That said, we work with people from all over the world down here. It is a very international place.
A candidate that is able to be bi-vocational would be welcome, however, your other job should probably be something you bring with you. Salaries are not high for part-time jobs.
Time and Compensation
All of our missionaries must raise their own salary. The amount of pay will be decided in conversation with our board (and your bishop if you are clergy) and is dependent upon experience and estimated hours you will be “on the job” (you’re a missionary, you’re never really off the job).
Harlingen is a town of about 75,000. We are approximately 15 miles from the Mexican border and around 30 miles North of the southernmost part of the continental U.S. (we’re about the same latitude as Miami). We are about 45 minutes from South Padre Island and within 30 minutes from some of the best coastal fishing in America. We’re one of the top retirement areas in the country with another 100,000 “winter Texans” coming down for the months of December – April. If you’ve never been to the Rio Grande Valley – it’s a whole other world.