Cooperative Baptist (CBF) coordinates ecumenical, nonpartisan ministry to immigrant caravan

By Marv Knox

Pastors and ministry leaders on both sides of the Mexico-United States border are gearing up to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the immigrant caravan that began in Latin America and now is marching through Mexico toward the United States.

A coalition of churches on both sides of the border, including pastors from Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, Mexico, and from Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, met with Jorge Zapata, associate coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, and other leaders to plan frontline ministry to the immigrants.

Key clergy involved in the effort include Alvaro Corales, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Alamo, Texas; Chad Mason, missions pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas; and Lorenzo Ortiz, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel in Laredo, Texas. They will create a Facebook page and website to provide consistent updates on the coalition’s ministry, as well as opportunities for supporting the missions endeavor.

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