“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” — Mark 9:37
A few days ago, a Nazarene pastor in a Texas border town was volunteering at a detention center for minors who had just crossed the United States/Mexico border. One boy he met, Roberto*, was 15. In his hometown in El Salvador, gang members had given him two clear-cut options: Join our gang or die. So Roberto fled. The boy’s journey to cross the border took five long weeks, but he was hopeful that the arduous trip would eventually reunite him with an uncle who lives in New York.
Each day, hundreds of children and youth are arriving in the U.S., primarily from Guatemala, El Salva... Read more