Texas has found itself at the front and center of the crisis at the border and I am proud that Texas Baptist Men have shown that Jesus’ love crosses borders, languages and cultures. Allow me to personalize Luke 18:15-17:
Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras were bringing babies to Jesus and America and Texas Baptist Men for them to place their hands on them. When many Americans saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called Juan, Gabriela, Carlos, Maria and Isabella to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these regardless of the color of their skin, the conditions from which they come, the language that they speak, or the way they got here. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Having been interviewed by reporters literally around the world, the question continues to be raised regarding the government’s role and what should be done about the immigration. I have repeatedly replied that Texas Baptist Men’s role in this humanitarian crisis is to minister to those in need. Yes, there are issues that have to be addressed and potential threats as a result influx of immigrants, but we must keep our eyes on meeting the needs of all of God’s children. We proudly travel to other countries on mission trips to serve the people where they are, but when the people come to us we lock up our checkbooks, make derogatory remarks and think of ourselves as better than them. Maybe we need to
re-evaluate our “service” to the Lord.
God has done amazing things and we will continue to have a presence in this crisis as He opens doors. The TBM shower unit is at the Holding Institute Community Center in Laredo where immigrants are brought after processing and as they prepare to travel to their destination. Local churches are supporting the unit. Local TBM volunteers are manning the Command Post bus in Hildago as a cooling station for DPS, Game Wardens and Border Patrol. We have discovered that much like wardens in a prison, the law enforcement is very much in need of encouragement as they deal with the many horrors of what they are witnessing. Pray for TBM as they seek ways to minister to them as well.
TBM State Disaster Relief Director