Project 2020:

The King of Kings Refuge & Ministry Center

PASTOR LUIS TORRES has been serving his neighborhood in Piedras Negras from his wheelchair for over 25 years. He prays for needy men, women, and children that have come seeking refuge – and counsel – at his humble facility, and shares what provisions he has with them. He has held onto the vision he received from God many years ago: to establish a refuge and center for ministry on his parcel of land, which is near the city center of Piedras Negras.

 

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 now come in 2020. (Read the full story of Pastor Luis here.)

Piedras Negras has always been a destination for many migrating sojourners from other parts of Mexico, Central, and South America. With the outset of migrating caravans in 2018, the entire border region has seen a dramatic increase of arrivals which has caused a crisis. Federal agents and humanitarian organizations continue struggling to meet the needs of the poor and destitute human beings that seem to arrive in never-ending waves. There is a lot of excellent work going on, but there is still much to be done. Our work focuses on the Mexico side of the border where everyday families with children are sleeping in the streets.

 

The vision God gave to Pastor Luis decades ago was to establish a Christ-centered refuge/mission for immigrants and displaced families. The broader vision is to establish a year-round center for ministry that involves the local church.

Jeff & Veronica/ Bridges of Compassion has committed to assisting Pastor Luis with the overall development and administration of the mission, 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

  • Protective concrete wall around the facility

 

Additional Services to be offered by the Refuge/Mission:

  • Neighborhood Children Feeding Program

  • Worship Services and Bible Studies open to the public

  • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Ministry

  • Legal Consultation regarding immigration issues

  • Ministry in the local prison

  • Hosting of outside mission teams

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 donate to this special project. Please contact us directly if you’d like to discuss!

© 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.