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July 30, 2022
30 de julio 2022
Cultivating Relationships
and Understanding
Across Borders
"Welcome" in 35 indigenous languages of Mexico and Guatemala. Image created by Bridich Saragos, Assistant Coordinator of the Migrant Resource Center
Dear friends,

We are grateful to you for your partnership in ministry. Your encouragement, prayers and support help make it possible for us to choose welcome. Together with our local partners we welcome:

  • men, women and youth who are struggling with addiction,
  • persons who are fleeing extreme violence and poverty,
  • children who are at risk of dropping out of school and targeted by the drug culture, and
  • delegations of persons from churches, seminaries, and universities inundated by messages of fear and division in the media.

Please prayerfully consider giving today so we can continue not only sustain our ministry of welcome, but also strengthen and expand it.

Peace,
Joca and Mark
Migrant Resource Center:
16 Years of Choosing Welcome
The Migrant Resource Center (MRC) is an effort of people from different faith traditions, ages, and nationalities who are united in their commitment to choose welcome. Since 2006, the Migrant Resource Center has been a refuge for more than 200,000 men, women, and children who have been expelled from the United States. On July 16, we joined together to give thanks to God and to commit ourselves to continuing this legacy of welcome, safety, kindness, and hope.

Frontera de Cristo Delegation to
New Wilmington Mission Conference
by Dafne Gastelum, Yirel Pacheco, and Jessica Blake
Frontera de Cristo was pleased to send a delegation of three young women to the 117th New Wilmington Mission Conference, July 16-22, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. Since 1906, people of all ages have gathered at this historic conference for education, connection, and engagement in the mission of God. This year, Dafne Gastelum, Yirel Pacheco, and Tali Garcia attended the conference, and spoke to many groups about God's presence in the borderlands. The three were pleased to connect, again, with friends from New Wilmington who had spent 6 weeks serving Frontera de Cristo's ministries last summer. Here are reflections from Dafne and Yirel, from FDC, and Jessica Blake, from NWMC.

"I would like to share with you so many things, but it would be impossible to encompass every emotion that God gave me during this trip. In short, I can say that no matter where you are, God always shows His grace." Read the rest of Dafne's story

"It is a true honor and my heart is full of joy to have been able to represent something as important and valuable in my life as Frontera de Cristo. How much God loves me that I was able to share for a whole week what changed my life forever." Read the rest of Yirel's story

"To experience the joy of a binational service partnership once was a blessing. To experience it twice was an incomparable gift. That is exactly what we received when our Agua Prieta sisters joined us for the 117th New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) last week." Read the rest of Jessica's story


Yirel, Dafne, and Tali (in the back row) with the kids at New Wilmington Mission Conference
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Reflections on the Board, Staff, & Family Retreat
by Leslie Vogel, PC(USA) Regional Liaison for Guatemala and Mexico
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. This phrase from Psalm 139 was the central guide and theme for Frontera de Cristo’s recent board, staff, family retreat held this year in Puerto Peñasco on the Sonoran coast, July 20-23. This biblical text lived in me as I prepared to join this amazing group of people as their “pastor of the retreat” for this year.


Leslie Vogel
Interpretation Assignment
Mark & Miriam and their family will be traveling the country for the next year, on "Interpretation Assignment." We invite you to connect with them when they're at a church in your area.

View their speaking schedule for August thru October (subject to change).
Love Mercy, Do Justice, Order Coffee
Frontera de Cristo and Café Justo created the "Love Mercy, Do Justice" initiative to provide coffee for migrant shelters across the southern border. Thousands of women and men each week are greeted with a cup of coffee, a meal, and vital medical attention when they are repatriated into Mexico. You can help support this effort with a donation to Love Mercy, Do Justice.

In the mean time, why not order some coffee for yourself today? You will enjoy delicious 100% organic coffee cultivated, roasted, and shipped by the Café Justo cooperative. To order by mail instead of online, just download this form.
Febe Maldonado,
barista at Café Justo y Mas
Summer is most definitely here! Do you know how to make café en la roca? It's iced coffee, à la Café Justo y Mas. First, make your ice cubes out of Café Justo (a great way to use up the last of the pot!), and then follow Febe's instructions. Your smile will be as big as hers when you drink it!
Dedication of Café Justo y Mas
June 4, 2016
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