Project 2020:

The King of Kings Refuge & Ministry Center

He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 10:18-19 (NLT)

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, the border city that connects to Eagle Pass, Texas, has long been a destination for migrating sojourners from other parts of Mexico, Central and South America. Although not experiencing the more recent high volumes of people attempting to cross into Brownsville or Laredo Texas, Piedras Negras and the entire border region have seen a dramatic increase of arrivals with the outset of migrating caravans in 2018, which continue to form and move northward in waves. 

With the ongoing disputes and questions over migrant deterrence and immigration policies in general, numerous deaths at the southern border and continued smuggling attempts which often meet with tragic results, this is an ongoing humanitarian crisis that the church on both sides of the border and Christians in general simply cannot ignore. 

 

Overworked federal agents and humanitarian organizations continue struggling to meet the needs of the poor and destitute human beings who’ve crossed and have been detained. While there is excellent work going on, a great need for help remains as there seems to be no end in sight to the situation. 

Wheelchair-bound PASTOR LUIS TORRES has been serving his neighborhood in Piedras Negras for over 25 years. He prays for the needy men, women, and children that come seeking refuge – and counsel – at his humble facility, and shares what provisions he has with them. He's held on faithfully to a vision he received from God many years ago: establish a Christ-centered refuge & mission for these souls. His one-acre property is located just 1.5 miles from the international bridge and within blocks of the city’s municipal offices. 

(Read the full story of Pastor Luis here.)

The broader vision is that the refuge & mission will become a year-round center for ministry, meeting a variety of community needs. It will be privately funded and managed primarily by the local church.

 

Jeff Harvey came to San Antonio, TX from Philadelphia, PA, nearly 2,000 miles away, in 2008. He received a job offer in the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas and moved there in 2009, began attending church in Piedras Negras where he met Veronica, now his wife, and also befriended Pastor Luis. Jeff knew in his spirit that one day he and Veronica would be assisting Pastor Luis with his vision. The Holy Spirit is telling them all that the time has come.

Bridges of Compassion has committed to assisting Pastor Luis with the overall development and administration of the new refuge & ministry center, the organization of local and outside volunteers, and promotion of the project both in the U.S. and Mexico to secure construction and operating costs.

During the 2019 Christmas/New Year holidays, Bridges of Compassion was able to provide approximately 60 new blankets, 2 outdoor patio propane heaters, kitchen cookware, towels, clothing, diapers and a variety of foods.

THE PROJECT

The King of Kings Refuge and Ministry Center project will be carried out in phases, and the completed center will look like the following:

  • Separate Dormitories for men, women & families (initial accommodations for 80 to 100 people)

  • Adequate Bathrooms

  • Roofed Pavilion/ Common Area

  • Kitchen/Pantry

  • Laundry Area 

  • Clothing Room

  • Maintenance Storage Area

  • Intake/Office Area

  • Children's Activity Room & Library

  • Medical/ Social Service Consultation Rooms

  • Chapel

  • Play Area for Children

  • Leveled area for tent shelter

  • Community garden

  • Protective concrete wall around the facility

 

Additional Services to be offered:

  • Neighborhood Children Feeding Program

  • Worship Services and daily Bible Studies open to the public

  • Microbusiness development

  • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Ministry

  • Legal Consultation regarding immigration issues

  • Ministry in the local prison

  • Hosting of outside mission teams

The acre of land behind original building where new construction will take place

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES / DONATIONS

The King of Kings Refuge and Ministry Center will provide an excellent opportunity for mission groups to serve, both at the center and in the community. Bridges of Compassion will be working in 2020 to develop more local ministry opportunities and to assist with travel and agenda coordination.

Churches, civic organizations and businesses are invited to participate in this special project. Please contact us directly if you’d like to join the conversation!

© 2020 Bridges MX Inc., DBA Bridges of Compassion, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization (EIN: 84-3950464).

All donations are tax-deductible where allowed by law.