Borderlands

Prayers for Peacemakers 30 October 2019 U.S./Mexico Borderlands

This shelter, sitting on the Mexican side of the border wall at the U.S. port of entry, is the last stop for people who have come to Agua Prieta, Sonora, to seek asylum in the US.  The campamento—or camp—is the end of a weeks’-long, or even months’-long journey.  Now these people live at the shelter, waiting for their turn to request asylum.  That wait took seven to ten days last summer but has now stretched to twice that long as the U.S. customs officials accept fewer and fewer people.  In addition, because of pressure from the Mexican authorities, people will soon no longer be able to sleep in the camp.

Prayers for Peacemakers 2 October 2019  U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Please pray for patience on the part of asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S.  They bear great anxieties for themselves and their families as they think about what they fled, and what they will do if they are denied entry.  Please pray for empathy and understanding on the part of customs officers at the border.  Help them to consider carefully the violence and living conditions these asylum seekers have left behind.

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 August 2019 U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Please pray for a conversion of hearts among all those who prey upon the migrants seeking asylum along the U.S./Mexico border. At the Agua Prieta MX/Douglas AZ crossing, migrants—primarily from Mexico but also from countries in Central and South America and all the way from Russia—come to their final destination before crossing into the U.S. where they hope they will be safe.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 3 July 2019  Borderlands

Pray for all those detained in concentration camps at the U.S./Mexico Border and in other U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Facilities.  Give thanks for those who are trying to shine a light on the racist and misogynistic Border Patrol culture that is threatening the lives and the health of the children, women and men held in these camps.  Inspire people on the outside to find creative ways to confront and overturn this evil, before it turns into something worse.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 May 2019  U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Pray for the No More Deaths volunteers along the U.S./ Mexico Border who have been convicted and are still facing charges because they left water for migrants who crossed through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.  Pray for humanitarians all over the word who are having their kindness criminalized by their governments as they try to help migrants.

Borderlands: Resisting walls

Walls take many forms. They may be words, glances, or actions that distance us from others, or physical structures that protect us from the weather or the vulnerable from further harm.  But the walls we saw at the Arizona/Mexico border, on the Christian Peacemaker Teams borderlands delegation, were made of concrete, metal, or stone, or even from threats, meant to deprive people of their rights or shut out the tired, the poor, the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free”—as the message on the Statue of Liberty says at a port of entry in the Eastern United States.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Engage with peace in the new year: Join a CPT Delegation in 2019!

Engage with peace in the new year: Join a CPT Delegation in 2019! Are you thinking about your plans for 2019? Do you want to learn more about nonviolent resistance in the face of oppression, and meet CPT's teams and partners in the field?  Read more to learn about the delegations we have in store for the coming year. Join a CPT Delegation

BORDERLANDS: The Rosary on the Migrant Trail

A traditional Catholic rosary consists of five decades, totaling 59 beads, and a crucifix on a cord. Within the past year 58 bodies where recovered from the Sonoran desert in the vicinity of Ajo, Arizona, 42 miles north of the US/Mexico border. Humanitarian aid organizations estimate that for every body recovered, at least five are not. The remote nature of borderlands and the natural conditions accelerate decomposition.  59 bodies, 58 beads.
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