Sometimes one day can change your life

Youth and adults from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2014, where they met and stayed with families of detainees they had met on a trip to Georgia. Pictured (left to right) are Katja Norton, Jason Harrison, Trever Yoder, Ian Bomberger, Nathanael Eby, Liz Yoder, Bekah Schrag and Anton Flores-Maisonet in El Sauce, Guatemala. (Photo provided by Jason Harrison)

This is a great story about a number of Mennonite congregations who are working to support immigrants in their communities and beyond:

(Mennonite Church USA)—Sometimes one day can change your life. Youth from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., chose to participate in a one-day learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border while attending Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention in Phoenix in July 2013. Convention planners had organized the learning trips—led by the BorderLinks organization—as part of an overall focus on immigration during the gathering.

Since then their choice has led them to America’s largest immigration detention center in rural southwest Georgia. It took them to Guatemala to meet U.S. immigrants’ families. They started an intergenerational Sunday school class to talk about immigration issues. Upcoming plans include a visit to an immigration detention center near Chicago and perhaps discussions with area politicians about immigration. Read more

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