Surrounded by Empathy
Donated supplies greatly appreciated
A donation of shelving was received, which was greatly needed and quickly assembled. Volunteers and guests assembled the shelves, while speaking Spanish or English. Shelving was distributed to the kitchen, clothing supply, linen supply, clinic, pantry, and diaper room. There was a sense of accomplishment that the supply areas were more functional. A women’s group supplied and cooked an entire meal of spaghetti and salad for 80 guests and volunteers. We appreciated the change of menu from the usual beans and rice. Civic, religious, and church groups donate or pay for undergarments, socks, and shoelaces. The local folks seem to be supportive and caring for those entering their community and the crises from which they are running.
Donor information is on the website for both monetary and supplies to be shipped. www.annunciationhouse.org.
As I prepare to depart after two weeks of ministry with migrants, more volunteers are arriving: members from various religious communities, former missionaries and Peace Corps members, young and energetic adults fluent in Spanish, and local church, restaurants, and civic groups.
“The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives,” — Luke 4:18. My effort is joined by countless others who volunteer, donate, and serve in response to the crisis of refugees and migrants, who fled hatred, violence, and misery. Inspired people are offering hospitality, care, and support to immigrants, the lonely, and newcomers.
“We, the Sisters of St. Agnes, participate in the mission of Christ by joyful service, in the Church, always aware that we, too, are among the needy and are enriched by those we serve.” — CSA Mission Statement
I have been privileged, challenged, informed, troubled, and inspired by my ministry at the border of both McAllen and El Paso, Texas.