How our Conference Serves “The Stranger”

Brief History  – Legal Refugees coming across the southern border into the El Paso/Las Cruces area is certainly nothing new.  Annunciation House, in collaboration with churches across denominations, including the UMC have been reaching out to “the stranger” since the 1970’s.  El Calvario UMC, Las Cruces was repurposed to serve legal refugees on a weekly basis.  Tobin Park UMC, El Paso is outfitted to serve refugees when needed.  The number of refugees overall fluctuates, but the churches and organizations in the El Paso/Las Cruces area have experienced recent periods of dramatic increase and strain on their resources.

Who are the migrants our programs are called to serve?  The majority of the refugees our churches serve are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, who are escaping horrible poverty and violence by taking the long, dangerous journey to the US.  They have been held by the government for weeks, while they are being vetted and sponsors in the US have been confirmed.  Most often, our churches house single parents with small children for a few days, as we hope to meet their health, hygiene and comfort needs.  The adults must wear an ankle monitor until they arrive at their sponsor’s location.  For more information on the resettlement process, Click Here.

How can you help?

Plea from El Paso District Superintendent, Rev. Eddie Rivera:  Legal Refugee Press Release - Oct. 31  Contains a list of most needed supplies.

If you are in the Las Cruces/El Paso area and would like to volunteer, you can go to the El Calvario sign-up page, see what volunteers are needed and volunteer, Click Here.

You may also contact Rev. George Miller at El Calvario UMC -(575) 524-1230 or Supply Pastor,  James Heredia at Tobin Park UMC (915) 755-7146 to ask for more details.

If you are NOT in the El Paso/Las Cruces area, please consider a financial donation.  It is easiest to send your donations directly to the churches in ministry.  Write on Memo: “Refugee Ministry.”

  • El Calvario UMC, P.O. Box 2842, Las Cruces, NM 88004
  • Tobin Park UMC, 9410 Roanoke Dr. El Paso, TX 79924

We are preparing for a long commitment so, above all things, we need your prayers for all those who are part of this ministry: the families of refugees, our Government agencies, our church-related shelters, every volunteer, and those in leadership of these efforts.  El Paso District DS, Rev. Eddie Rivera