Bridges of Compassion is a Christian ministry of mercy that works in and around the border city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, México. Dedicated to working through the local church to connect resources with the needs of the poor, disabled, orphans, widows and immigrants, our goal is to help alleviate spiritual, material and educational poverty through long-term relationships and by offering the living hope that is in Jesus Christ.
“Bridges of Compassion” was founded by Jeff & Veronica Harvey in 2012. The Lord brought Jeff and Veronica together for a special purpose, combining their widely different backgrounds into a unique team.
Veronica is a native Mexican, born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, and has spent most of her life in Piedras Negras. Jeff is a native gulf coast Floridian and spent much of his life in the Philadelphia, PA area before moving to Texas. They began serving together in the long established San Pablo Methodist congregation in Piedras Negras, located just blocks from the international bridge connecting with Eagle Pass, Texas.
Veronica is an ordained elder in the Methodist Church of Mexico and graduated from John Wesley Seminary in Monterrey. She was a member of San Pablo for nearly 17 years where she served as Director of Evangelism and Missions and on the church board. She also assisted with a local church plant for five years and led Bible study groups for women on both sides of the border for more than a decade. She currently serves as an Associate Pastor at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in San Antonio, where she and Jeff organized the “Agua Viva” Hispanic congregation in 2015.
Jeff began his walk with Jesus in 1992. He is a musician and over the years has served as a lay pastor, worship leader, director of men's ministries and youth worker. He is an active presenter for special events in churches, schools and prisons.
“What is the task of the church?
...We are to embody Jesus Christ by doing what He did and what He continues to do through us: declare—using both words and deeds—that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords who is bringing in a kingdom of righteousness, justice, and peace. And the church needs to do this where Jesus did it, among the blind, the lame, the sick and outcast, and the poor.”
― Steve Corbett, author “When Helping Hurts”
What We Do and Why
We work because we have been saved by God's grace and redeemed by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We do what we do for the glory of God. We are simply His instruments... His hands, His feet... His servants.
Ephesians 4:12 tells us that Christ will equip us “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” The projects we adopt focus on edifying brothers & sisters of the local church, regardless of denomination. Whether we engage those whom we’ve known for a long time or those recommended to us, it’s vital that our work is connected to the local body of believers.
We provide supplemental support to families and existing ministries which include basic human necessities, construction & renovation projects, discipleship, and educational programs. We purchase materials and supplies locally whenever possible, and employ local laborers for our building projects. This model helps other families and extends benefits into the local economy.
We are committed to complete financial integrity, transparency, and accountability.
We maintain accountability with clergy on both sides of the border and consult regularly with local pastors and community leaders. Our on-site projects are supervised by local clergy and lay leaders.
We host guided day trips from San Antonio to Piedras Negras and can assist with the organization of short-term mission trips.
(We are available to bring a Bridges of Compassion presentation to your church, school,
civic organization and business.)