Meet the group who visited El Paso and Juarez in November 2018
Join us to experience the U.S./Mexico border
A Note from the Delegation About their Recent Trip to El Paso/Juarez:
Vicki Schmidt, Opening Borders facilitator, partnered with Fr Bob Mosher, a Columban priest and host from the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, TX. Together they provided spiritual guidance and political understanding of the immigration crisis to Alice Anderson, Sherry Bruckner, Beth Crawford, Jenny LeBas, Janna Lindoo, Bonnie Miller & Louis Underbakke. It was a heartfelt, painful, loving, unforgettable experience.
The sounds of child crying filled the hallway, and one could only wonder how many tears she’s cried over the past month in a variety of new and unfamiliar places between Guatemala and El Paso, Texas, including about nine days in a detention center.
For an evening or two the Columban Mission Center (CMC), our home base and accommodations for the trip, surrounded her family in community, providing food, shelter, support, and love. Although the small child may not remember most of what she has experienced thus far, will she carry that love of this community in her heart? Will her next community love and care for her family with similar grace and love? Will it be a welcoming community?
What are this group’s hopes and expectations and thoughts about this week?
Click here to read more of the recent trip to the US-Mexico border.
Contact Vicki Schmidt @
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October 27-Nov 3, 2019 and
Since the influx of more than 57,000 children who crossed into the United States at the Mexican border in 2013 without proper papers, there has been renewed interest in the issues of US Immigration policies and their effect on those seeking asylum. In January, 2014, a delegation of 17 people traveled to El Paso and Juarez, MX through Abriendo Fronteras-Opening Borders.
Vicki Schmidt led the group of seekers, mainly from Mayflower United Church of Christ, Miinneapolis, MN, but which also included people from New Mexico, California and Washington. The group was hosted in El Paso by Father Robert Mosher, a Columban Father, and delegates were housed at the Columban Fathers Mission House. Daily reflections helped the group process the many faceted program, and all were changed by the experience.
Elsewhere on this web site the writings of travelers are posted, and also narratives about various presenters were written up and presented at Mayflower Church after the group returned home. Pictures with captions help show visually some of the activities.