News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Church members deported on retreat

Valley ministers plan meeting on situation
by Yvonne Wingett - Apr. 14, 2008 12:00 AM

The Arizona Republic

Word of the weekend deportations of members of a Phoenix church who were on a retreat near Prescott chilled Valley pastors, whose churches are filled with thousands of Hispanics and undocumented immigrants.

Pastors worry the deportations could discourage undocumented immigrants from worshiping in public and could force ministers to change the way they counsel members about their faith.

"This is telling us that maybe they won't allow us to have religious freedom, as we like to do retreats," said Jose Gonzalez, an associate pastor of the Hispanic Ministry at North Phoenix Baptist Church. He said Hispanic pastors, who previously had a "this won't happen to me, this won't affect my congregation" attitude on immigration, now are taking it more seriously.

About 20 Valley pastors from evangelical churches will meet today to talk about how to respond to the deportations and address their congregations. The incident occurred Saturday morning when nine people from a small Christian church called Christiana Agape were detained at a Prescott campground after they were determined to be undocumented.

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