|Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities|
What can we together do to assist immigrants and refugees?
We can begin by networking, discovering what other congregations and organizations are already doing, and coming along beside them to help.
The AMMPARO Network of Pacifica Synod invites you to share how you or your congregation are already involved and what you would like to see happen in ministry with immigrants and refugees. Please complete this short survey. We will share the results with everyone who completes it.
Ministry with Immigrants and Refugees Survey (right click and open link in new tab)
Questions regarding survey can be directed by email to Pastor Karla Halvorson at PastorKarlaSMLC@Sbcglobal.net.
Pacifica AMMPARO Network Updates
In September 2018, Pastor Nate Allen from Clairemont Lutheran Church, led a group from Pacifica Synod and the ELCA AMMPARO network to Instituto Madre Asunta, a shelter for women and children in Tijuana. This shelter is associated with Casa de Migrantes, a ministry of the Scalibrini Order of the Catholic Church. We met with the Mother Superior and social worker and learned about a specific need for a teacher for the children in the shelter.
We were informed that the salary for a teacher in Mexico is about $400 per month (about $4,800 per year). We hope to raise at least one year’s salary by asking each interested congregation to raise between $400 and $800. The first installment will be sent in early 2019.
Congregations may send checks, payable to the Pacifica Synod, 1801-C Park Court Place, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Please be sure to include in the memo section “Tijuana Shelter Teacher’s Salary”. For more information about Instituto Madre Asunta, please visit the following website and Facebook page:
Visiting the shelter: Pacifica Synod members are invited to visit the women and children’s shelter on Friday, January 25 at 12 noon, gathering at Clairemont Lutheran (4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego). Please contact Pastor Nate Allen at email@example.com if you would like to go and if you can drive. Remember you will need your passport!
Join us for a planning/networking meeting on Saturday, February 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at San Marcos Lutheran Church (3419 Grand Ave, San Marcos). Please RSVP and send items for discussion to PastorKarlaSMLC@sbcglobal.net. Please contribute $10 per person for lunch and refreshments.
Other Pacifica Synod opportunities to assist:
LIRS & AMMPARO Update on the Border and Caravan