Children in Need – The Texas Border Crisis
24 July 2014
The following is a letter from our CCTI team member, Marissa Beltran. She and her family live in Artesia, New Mexico at the Texas/Mexico border. Marissa is fluent in Spanish and of Hispanic descent. Who says that God is not still in the miracle business? Please read and pray about your involvement to help!
“Thank you for your concern and interest regarding the crisis at the border and in particular in our town of Artesia, NM. As of two weeks ago, our town began receiving immigrants from the Texas border. Artesia is currently housing family groups made up of women with children between the ages of 0-17 years of age. The families are being housed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). I, along with Dan and around 15 other volunteers, have signed up to be trained under Church World Service (CWS) as voluntary chaplains. We are awaiting clearance from our background checks, along with training that we must take, before being cleared to go onto the Federal base.
While we are waiting for clearance, we have been in contact with the Chaplain who works with CWS and is currently in charge of heading up these volunteers. The needs for the current 400+ folks that are currently being housed are for Spanish children and youth Bibles. The community is collecting clothing for kids, shoes, toys, and other Spanish books. All medical, housing and food supplies are being provided by the government. As we get into the facility and see the needs, we will be able to let you know of other ways you might help. CCTI has set up a tax deductible account for monetary donations which will be used to purchase these Bibles and/or other needs as they are assessed.
You can send monetary donations to:
Crisis Care Training International
PO BOX 517
Fort Mill, SC 29716
Please include a note stating that your donation is for Bibles and/or Discipleship materials for the immigrant moms, youth and children. You may also visit the website at www.crisiscaretraining.org to donate.
Dan and Marissa Phelps