Colorado Springs Churches Together for Border Experience
The Pikes Peak Immigrant and Refugee Collaborative (PPIRC) under Catholic Charities is hosting an inter-denominational trip to the U.S./Mexico border at Douglas AZ/Agua Prieta MX from February 21st through February 25th. Representatives from five (5) Christian denominations from Springs churches are getting together to witness some of the reality of the immigration system at the heart of its impact, the border. They will meet with people who are at the center of the border crossing crisis, including some of the people who are motivated to make such a risky and treacherous journey, so that they can better understand why.
Along the way, they will walk in the desert, talk with migrant shelter workers, listen to the experience of the border patrol, and pray together. The purpose of the trip is to bring together people of faith and leadership within the Chrisitian community in Colorado Springs to take a stand for welcoming the stranger in our community. The PPIRC recognizes the need for leadership on this issue from other faith traditions as well, and that this is only a start. Corey Almond, PPIRC Director, and others at the PPIRC believe that our faith leaders have a responsibility to speak with a caring voice to the issue of immigration as it pertains to the lives of decent and good human beings, indeed as it affects our brothers and sisters in faith among us.
picture of Corey Almond, PPIRC director and Jesus Reyes, lead pastor at Centro Familiar Nueva Vida