Sometimes it takes getting lost to remind me just how comforting it is to be taken care of—to be invited to sit down for a rest, to be offered a good set of directions or advice about where to catch the right bus. But as many times as I’ve been stranded in an unfamiliar place, it’s nothing compared to the experience of a recently returned migrant on the U.S.-Mexican border.

What a relief to know that in Agua Prieta, they are met with grace by the Migrant Resource Center.

The communities of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora reach out to our migrant brothers and sisters in a time of great vulnerability. They acknowledge the humanity of each weary traveler and serve them in any way possible as they continue on their journeys.

Consider joining Frontera de Cristo by supporting the Migrant Resource Center, buying Just Coffee and staying educated about the issues affecting our migrant brothers and sisters.

This ministry of Frontera de Cristo plays a vital role on the border. During my month in Mexico, I had the opportunity to spend time with the Migrant Resource Center as well as Café Justo, a partner of Frontera that is providing economic opportunities to coffee farmers who are able to work and live in their home communities.

At the root of this very complicated “immigration situation” are individuals. And in this time, when immigration is causing so many debates and ideological differences, our understanding of what our neighbors are experiencing is critical.

Read more to learn how Frontera de Cristo lives out Jesus’ call for social justice on the border. Consider joining them in their work on the border or by changing your regular coffee brand for Café Justo’s!

Better yet, we have all the information you need to volunteer to sell Café Justo’s product to your friends, church or neighborhood.

The Borderline

If this is the U.S., what’s on the other side of that fence?

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Go and Do Likewise

What if instead of, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,” Jesus started with, “A man was going down from Tucson to Mexico City.”

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Blistered but not Broken

People arrive here caught in the middle of much larger issues than what the Migrant Center and its volunteers can address alone, but at least in this place they can provide some relief to the travelers.

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I Called My Mom

It’s hard to look a young woman in the eye who has just risked everything to gain opportunities I was born with.

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Photo Gallery: An Ugly Journey

Take a walk along the border and get a glimpse of what many migrants experience in their journey from Mexico to the U.S. …

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Social Justice in a Cup

As I write this, I’m enjoying my morning coffee, and I’m not just enjoying it because it tastes good…

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I Hope this Bus Goes to Mexico City

Why use a plane when a bus can (sort of) get you there in 48 hours?

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An Unexpected Homecoming

I’ve watched dozens of migrants embark on this journey home, but this is the first time I’ve seen what it looks like to arrive.

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Consume with a Conscience

This is where being a responsible consumer can support the economies of poor communities, keep families together and maybe even save lives. This is what it means to drink Just Coffee…

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Where Does Your Coffee Come From?

Follow coffee from Salvador Urbina, Chiapas all the way to the United States!

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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

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  1. JimM said... 

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    May 16th, 2012 at 11:06 pm  

    Laura, Thank you for a compelling series. I once called Mexico home for two and a half years. That was half a lifetime ago. Hard to believe the issues and struggles you so perfectly described here were present then, and are no better today. Why on this earth can the issues surrounding immigration not be resolved. It is unthinkable that this continues. It is so refreshing to see the work of Frontera de Cristo bringing a piece of the Kingdom here, now on our southern border. Your readers have been given a gift. Peace to you!

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      May 17th, 2012 at 7:47 pm  

      Thank you, Jim. I’m very encouraged by the work of Frontera as well. We have a lot of work to do to heal some of the wounds created by this situation, but I’m hopeful that things will get better if more people understand what’s going on. Thanks for your attention to this issue and the people it affects!

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