At Frontera de Cristo, we focus on building relationships and understanding across borders and we invite you to join us in that mission. For people who live in the DouglaPrieta area, that may mean regular in-person involvement; for others, it means prayer and advocacy work at home. No matter what “involvement” means to you, we are excited to have you join us and we welcome you with open arms!
God calls each of us to meet different needs by serving in different forms, but one of the most immediate needs is for physical helping hands. Many of our partner ministries depend on volunteers who wake up in the early morning to serve the migrants who cross through Agua Prieta. Others spend countless afternoons supporting the children and families who are permanent residents of the community. If you are interested in volunteering, we’d love to help you connect with the ministry that best fits your skills and most needs your support. Please complete our volunteer application form and contact us at [email protected].
Every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona does not observe Daylight Time), we gather on the last five blocks of Pan-American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona. Here, we honor the memory and recognize la presencia (the presence) of more than 300 migrants whose bodies have been recovered in the Sulphur Springs Valley of Cochise County, Arizona.
Each year, the United States’ “Prevention Through Deterrence” border policy intentionally forces migrants farther into the deserts and mountains, resulting in an ever-growing number of deaths. It is in the memory of those who have fallen seeking refuge that we began this vigil in the year 2000, and we continue to gather every Tuesday. Together, we lament our nation’s cruel policy and our complicity in systems of oppression. We pray for a better way and for an end to death in the desert, and we commit ourselves to work for a more just, peace-filled, and loving world. To learn more about how you can participate, contact us at [email protected].
Prayer is central to who we are. We invite you to pray with us for the alleviation of all suffering on both sides of the US/Mexico border as we recognize that fear, hatred, tension, and division in our communities is not God’s will. We pray for the day when people will come from east, west, north, and south to eat together at God’s banquet; the day when the wall that divides us will be turned on its side and become a table that unites us. For more information about specific prayer requests, stay tuned in to our newsletter and our updates on Facebook and Twitter.
It is easy for the policies behind immigration and border control to seem abstract to US citizens, but they have concrete, real-life impact on migrants every day. You can help to start changing this impact by contacting your government representatives. By expressing concern over the rising death toll in the desert, you can help to bring about reform that recognizes the humanity and dignity of our migrant sisters and brothers.
One way Frontera de Cristo advocates for immigration reform is through participation in the Southern Borders Community Coalition. SBCC provides excellent resources regarding how you can reach out to your own community leaders and government representatives. For more information, visit their website.
One of the easiest ways to get involved is by making a financial or supply donation to Frontera de Cristo or one of our partner ministries. For help in discerning where and how your resources could support the work we do, see our donations page.