Grown, harvested, and marketed in the spirit of justice, Café Justo (Just Coffee) is a fair trade plus coffee cooperative, established with the goal of creating an alternative to migration for coffee farmers in southern Mexico by selling freshly roasted coffee to individuals, churches, and organizations across the US at a fair and just price.
The cooperative’s sister organization, Café Justo y Mas (Just Coffee & More), is a cozy, youthful coffee shop that brings Café Justo to the Agua Prieta community. Here you can enjoy a fresh latte as you sit down for a community event or study session and know that a new batch of coffee beans are being freshly roasted as you speak.
A partnership between Frontera de Cristo and Café Justo, this innovative initiative assists migration ministries by providing them coffee, free of charge. Doing so reflects God’s call for us to love mercy and to do justice (Micah 6:8).
Located in Agua Prieta, Sonora, next to the Raul Castro Port of Entry on the US/Mexico border, the MRC provides immediate attention to the needs of migrants deported daily from the United States. The MRC offers them food, water, Café Justo, first aid and other medical attention, and access to a shower, a change of clothes, and a place where they can rest before continuing their journeys. They are given directions to bus stations, money exchange facilities, and other ministries and programs that can help. Since opening its doors in 2006, the MRC has welcomed more than 100,000 women, men, and children.
After their first contact at the Migrant Resource Center, many recently deported migrants need shelter. CAME welcomes them with open arms, providing shelter, meals, and, of course, a cup of coffee. CAME is a place where migrants know they are safe and cared for while they decide what to do next. Just three months prior to its 21st anniversary, CAME moved into its newly expanded facility where they are now able to host up to 100 people each day.
As a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, CATPSIC has one goal―to help people with addictions lead better and more stable lives. Those who seek support at CATPSIC first go through a three- to four-day detoxification process with a medical specialist, and then receive a tailored treatment plan. This is followed by a three-month recovery process with CATPSIC’s support as they fight daily to “stay clean.” For CATPSIC, the mental and emotional health of people with addictions is essential, and during the process, clients receive psychological help according to their individual needs. Frontera de Cristo provides emotional and spiritual accompaniment to CATPSIC, and serves as a ministry partner through the Love Mercy, Do Justice initiative. Extending beyond just a cup of coffee, this partnership also provides those in recovery the opportunity to work in the coffee shop as they reintegrate into society.
Opened in 1999, the New Hope Community Center works to improve the quality of life in Agua Prieta by providing educational, cultural, and development activities for the community. Classes offered include aerobics, guitar, cake decorating, hair cutting, and sewing, all of which are taught by volunteers. In addition, the community center provides after school and summer programming for students struggling academically. Here, volunteer teachers not only help students with their homework, but they work to meet their most basic needs by providing food, school supplies, exercise, love, and support in a safe and welcoming environment.
Based in Agua Prieta, Sonora, just across the border from Douglas, Arizona, DouglaPrieta Trabaja (DPT) works to assist individuals and families by establishing and instilling local economic self-sufficiency. Centered around a land management demonstration site, DPT teaches families a holistic approach to the integration of landscape and people by implementing sustainable food production techniques such as gardening, aquaculture, and small livestock raising. DPT’s goal is to reduce the cost of living while building an ethic of mutual aid, and reducing dependency on weak job markets, government assistance, charity, and border crossing.
Through our Church Development Ministry, Frontera de Cristo supports the continued growth of the Lirio de los Valles (Lily of the Valley) Presbyterian Church here in Agua Prieta, Sonora, and the First Presbyterian Church of Douglas in Douglas, Arizona. Both churches are multi-cultural congregations that work to break barriers, with the First Presbyterian Church being the only bilingual church in Douglas and Lily of the Valley being the first Presbyterian church established in the state of Sonora.
Together, the two churches have developed a unique binational ministry internship for seminary students from the US and Mexico. The program, funded by Frontera de Cristo, is designed to train and equip leaders to do God’s work in multi-cultural ministry. Frontera de Cristo further extends its connection with Lily of the Valley through the many staff members who are active members of the church and through the congregation’s multi-purpose space in Agua Prieta frequently providing housing for delegations visiting Frontera de Cristo.
In addition to these two churches, Frontera de Cristo participates in the lives of several other congregations in Sonora, Mexico:
The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) are an international congregation of women with nearly 2,300 members. Founded in 1833 by Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger in Bavaria, the SSND now live and minister in 30 countries spanning five continents and continue to “share in Christ’s mission to proclaim the good news of God’s reign.”
The SSND have had a community of sisters based in Douglas/Agua Prieta since 2010. Frontera de Cristo is proud to partner with the sisters through a variety of ministries and programs in the DouglaPrieta area including the Migrant Resource Center and the Pilgrimage of Remembrance.