According to the book of Ephesians, God’s desire is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). Still, people are most motivated to pray when they need something from God.
As a Pastor and an American, we hear all sorts of news and reports coming from our Southern Border. Some of it is exaggerated – Some of it is true. But most of all, it is troubling – regardless of your political position.
As Christians, we must strive to show compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.
I recently received an email from Dr. Mike Hayes, Founder and President of Center For National Renewal. The following is his email and I encourage you to read it, and join me and IGNT Church in making a difference.
Making a Difference
- PRAY for Congress to act; the Border Agents to be strengthened and encouraged; pastors/churches in the area to be resourced; and those who have migrated to be treated with wisdom, dignity, and charity.
- SPEAK out about this crisis by contacting your elected officials at every level to demand that they prioritize comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
- GIVE to financially support and partner with the Center For National Renewal in our relief work with pastors, churches, and ministry at the border.
Dr. Mike Hayes writes, “I recently accepted an invitation to visit the US/Mexico border at McAllen, Texas hosted by Homeland Security. It is the largest and busiest crossing along our 1800-mile shared border with Mexico. More than a thousand migrants a day are attempting dangerous illegal entry into the US through Mexico. Most are from Central America; some from Mexico, but not all. Captures have been made from more than sixty countries of origin, including China, Syria and Afghanistan, which cause obvious concern.
The tour our group of faith leaders was given is the same all-access one offered to members of Congress. We were taken places that the public cannot access. After a ride-along with Border Patrol along the river, where we were shown the well-worn path to the border crossing, we were taken to the Detention Center for those apprehended.
This is the place where the ‘cages,’ that made headlines, are located. It is a large open warehouse-style building purchased by the government in an attempt to keep up with the surge of those crossing into the country. It was a deeply moving experience. The large warehouse has been fitted with high chain link fence dividers. This allows the sorting of those picked up and a visual line of sight across the expanse for security.”