Texas Baptists respond to needs of immigrant children

Unaccompanied immigrant minors currently being housed at the Lackland AFB facility in San Antonio are given toys along with necessities. (Photo: Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Office)

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Texas Baptists are collecting funds for Spanish-language Bibles, Buckner International is seeking children’s shoes and Baptists in South Texas are gathering emergency items and soliciting volunteer nurses to help minister to unaccompanied minors and mothers with young children from Central America.

immigrant children lacklandcuellar425Some of the unaccompanied immigrant minors currently being housed at the Lackland AFB facility in San Antonio. (Photo: Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Office)The Baptist General Convention of Texas has established a “For the Children” fund to purchase Spanish Bibles and other supplies for immigrant children in shelters. Dan Trevino, associate pastor of Baptist Temple in San Antonio, offers the Bibles to children housed at Lackland Air Force Base, where he leads four worship services every Sunday.

Donations to the fund also will be used to meet needs when shelters open in Dallas County.

To contribute, click here or mail checks to Baptist General Convention of Texas, Finance and Accounting, 333 N. Washington Ave., Dallas 75246. Make checks payable to “Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery” and designate them “For the Children.”

For additional information about the “For the Children” initiative, contact Marla Bearden with Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery at (214) 537-7358 or marla.bearden@texasbaptists.org or Gerald Davis at (214) 924-6401 or gerald.davis@texasbaptists.org.

Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association needs paperback Spanish New Testaments for a triage and transition shelter for unaccompanied minors in the Weslaco area. Pastors will lead worship services and provide the New Testaments to children. For more information, contact Robert Cepeda, associational director of missions, at (956) 371-8516.

Buckner International is collecting shoes for immigrants and refugees in McAllen and Laredo through its Shoes for Orphan Souls program. The greatest need is for children’s sizes 7 to 13 and youth sizes 1 to 3, particularly for children ages 3 to 6. Shoes need to be lace-up, Velcro-strapped or slip-on with closed toes—not flip-flops or open-toed sandals.

To donate shoes, drop off or send shoes to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, 5405 Shoe Dr., Mesquite 75149. The center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (214) 939-7179 or click here.

Volunteer teams of registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses are needed in McAllen to work with Calvary Baptist Church, the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The groups will serve mothers with young children. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Bearden with Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery.

Texas Baptists in the McAllen area are collecting new undergarments and walking shoes for women and children, backpacks, some toiletries, cleaning supplies and other items for the ministry. For more information about donations, contact Vanessa Quintanilla at (956) 279-5515.

Laredo Baptists are collecting diapers, travel-size hygiene items, bottled water, walking shoes for women, new undergarments for women and children and other items. For more information, contact Maria Garcia at (956) 693-1136 or Davis with Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery.

Laredo Baptist Association will provide evening meals for families at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Laredo, and the association also is providing benevolence funds for emergency medical needs and other necessities. Proceeds from the “For the Children” fund will help support those ministries.

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