Dec 14,
Border Ministries Newsletter
Welcome to the new Border Ministries Newsletter!

As the new Director of Border Ministries for the NM Conference, I want to explore new ways of communicating about the various ministries that love and serve our immigrant neighbors throughout our conference. This newsletter is one of those ways. In it you will find updates and stories from these ministries. If you have a story or update to share, please let me know via the contact info at the bottom of the newsletter. Thank you!

Advent Blessings, Rev. Nicole Crouch
In the Spotlight: El Calvario UMC
Serving Asylum Seekers in
Juárez, Mexico, and Las Cruces, NM
Photo of El Calvario Volunteers Serving Food in Juarez
Photo from Mike Dubose, UM News Service

Serving Asylum Seekers in Juárez, Mexico

Every Tuesday afternoon volunteers from El Calvario and the greater Las Cruces area take food into Juarez to serve migrants waiting in Mexico to apply for asylum or wait for the asylum court dates once they are enrolled in the Remain in Mexico Program (also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)). The group serves the food to migrants in in the CAIM office, the Center for Comprehensive Migrant Services, just off one of the international bridges.

In addition to providing food once a week, some volunteers offer an "escuelita," or little school, for migrant children four days a week so they can be engaged during the day and work on reading and maybe learn some English, too.

Current Needs: Underwear (new) & Socks
Children (all sizes) & Adults (S-M)

Volunteers also needed!
If interested, please contact
Triny Rivera,
El Calvario Shelter Coordinator,
at or
575-524-1230 (church office)

Photo of Cynta Torres, volunteer with El Calvario UMC in Las Cruces, NM
Photo from Mike Dubose, UM News Service

Still Serving in Las Cruces, NM

El Calvario continues to receive occasional releases of asylum seekers, though the numbers are much smaller than they were in the first part of this year. Financial and supply donations are still needed.

Financial donations can be sent to El Calvario UMC,
300 N. Campo St., Las Cruces, NM 88001

Supplies can be delivered or sent to El Calvario UMC at the above address.

Supplies Needed:
Paper plates (8"), Plastic Spoons & Forks, Gallon Zip Lock Bags, Food Service Gloves, Paper Towels, Lunch Size Paper Bags, Travel Size Wet Wipes.

Please contact Triny Rivera, El Calvario Shelter Coordinator, at or
575-524-1230 (church office)

Border Ministries is an emerging conference wide ministry to love our neighbors by both supporting immigration ministries at the border and immigrant communities throughout the NM Annual Conference.
For more information, please contact Rev. Nicole Crouch, Director of Border and Missional Ministries,
at or 571-512-2641.

For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment,
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:14