As part of our group’s mission trip to El Paso, we had an interactive session on the impacts and goals of the present policies affecting the immigration situation on the US southern border. This session was facilitated by our friend Abigail Ray from the Hope Border Institute. One of the many things we learnt is that sympathy is no substitute for action. To this end, we must actively stand up for a more humane treatment of our migrant brothers and sisters especially for those along the border.
We also spent time learning the difficult history that has unfolded through the years on the border between the United States and Mexico. Visiting the Chamizal National Memorial Cultural Center served as the perfect springboard for this histo-cultural formation.
One of the highlights of our mission trip was exploring the many murals of El Paso. Our exploration was in light of a massive mural project we intend to execute at the shelter that we manage here at El Paso. Our shelter has a massive wall that is one of the first things one sees as soon as one crosses the border into the US from Mexico. Our plan is to turn this wall into a beautiful and welcoming mural.