On day 2 of my trip to the border I volunteered to coordinate serving dinner at the respite center. There were a little over 500 people in the center this afternoon and we ordered 120 family size pizzas from two local restaurants, received a donation of 100 chicken dinners from another local restaurant, around 10 […]Read More How do you serve food to 1000 people?
Thanks to Woodson for giving me the opportunity to write some guest posts for this blog. There’s a lot going on and my posts won’t be very long but here are a few observations from my first day of volunteering: My colleagues and I worked about 9 hours sorting mountains of donations, handing out clothes […]Read More Day 1 at the Border
Kelly, Jake and I are headed to Texas today. Jake’s good friend Courtney Islam is coming along with us. We’re aboard an American Airlines flight that’s bouncing through the air at 40,000 feet. In the belly of this beast, there are eight suitcases stuffed to their 50 lb limit with donated clothes – jeans and […]Read More 400 Pounds of Luggage
“You know him?” “Germi? Of course, he is one of the best Cameroonian players ever” I had been scrolling on my Instagram when a photo of a former soccer player had popped up. It was only moments before that I met a young Cameroonian who had just been granted asylum in the United States. […]Read More Fred
Yesterday and today we have been in the presence of true heroes. From early morning to well after dinner we saw volunteers work to meet the needs of the brave men, women and children trying to make a safer life for themselves in America. The volunteers we were privileged to help this week were all […]Read More Heroes
When I travel to one of the bridges to meet migrants who are waiting to pass through to seek asylum, I am taken aback by some of the sobering stories that I hear from people who have traveled so far. It is through hearing theses stories that I find am able to grasp the severity […]Read More Reprise
Grant, John and I have just finished our first day volunteering in McAllen, Texas. It was inspiring, exhausting, exhilarating, sobering, emotional and hopeful. We are so glad and grateful to be here. We started at the McAllen Bus station where many migrants depart for the city where their asylum hearing will be. These trips are […]Read More Day one in McAllen