When people make the decision to pick up, leave their homes, and move away from all that is familiar, it is not a decision that is made lightly. These journeys uproot people, often subjecting them to different forms of trauma as they cross the borders both within their home countries and outside of it.
Just as Joseph and Mary fled with Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herod, many migrating people seek safety. Others may travel to reunite with family, gain employment, or pursue an education. Those who travel are vulnerable and the needs they have presents an opportunity for meaningful compassionate ministry.
To provide compassionate care for migrants moving through their country, the Church of the Nazarene in Mexico utilizes the volunteer services of the Nazarene Medical Brigade. This group of dentists, nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and radiologists travels within Mexico several times a year to offer migrating people free medical care, food, water, and spiritual support.
Andrea* encountered the Medical Brigade in the fall of 2018 when she and her family were fleeing from violence in their home country of Honduras. During the journey, an accident left her 6-year-old daughter with 2nd-degree burns. The medical volunteers treated her daughter and provided support for Andrea’s entire family. “We have so much joy being with them,” Andrea says.