As the debate over conditions at Border Patrol facilities and how best to address the crisis continues, Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and his Texas church are ministering to both migrants and patrol agents.
“Many churches are engaged in ministry at the border. We are grateful to be a part of the effort to express hope and healing,” Graham said in a tweet Tuesday, acknowledging a recent media report about his church’s efforts.
On Friday, in a mission Graham billed “Operation Border Blessing,” Prestonwood Baptist Church delivered supplies to support border patrol agents and their families in El Paso.
“Today a team from @PrestonwoodEsp heads to El Paso for Operation Border Blessing where they will show appreciation to all of the incredible federal agents & their families – tents, food, water inflatables, school supply filled backpacks, and more! #Prestonwoodonmission#inaction,” Mike Buster, the church’s executive pastor tweeted.
A report from the church last December said in 2018, the more than 40,000-member Prestonwood Church spent some $64,000 on immigration relief for people from the Rio Grande Valley to El Paso to Virginia. That amount included a $50,000 donation to the church from Ivanka Trump.
“It’s part of our DNA as a church, and we consider it a calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to those in need,” Buster said in the report. “We will continue to assist immigrants—whether they’re along the border or in our community.”
Prestonwood’s latest outreach comes after Graham had blasted fellow evangelicals for criticizing the Trump administration’s handling of detained migrant children at the border based on “a very inaccurate report” late last month.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair