On Sunday, April 24, another “Angel Project” was completed at the New Journey Lutheran Church to support asylum seekers awaiting the completion of immigration paperwork at the Casa de la Misericordia de Cruzando Fronteras shelter. near Nogales, Mexico.
The Northeast Valley Consortium of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), of which New Journey is one of five members joined by Christ the Lord, Living Waters, New Covenant and Ascension, filled several vehicles with rice, beans and flour for some 150 shelter residents.
Casa de la Misericordia y de Todas Las Naciones is the House of Mercy and All Nations, a joint venture of the ELCA Synod of the Grand Canyon, the Southwestern Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and the Western Anglican Diocese of Mexico. .
Residents of the shelter are mostly women and children, many of whom have been stranded in their journey by COVID-19 restrictions. Over the past two years, under the leadership of Sister Lika Macia, they have built facilities for medical care and elementary, middle and high school classrooms, as well as an adult education program and vocational training to strengthen the preparation for employment upon entering the United States.
The Casa de la Misericordia has a waiting list of some 300 people to replace those leaving as legal migrants to the United States. The permanent needs of the shelter, in addition to rice, beans and flour, are diapers, wipes and feminine hygiene products.