Dear Central Plains Pastors,
You may remember that yesterday morning we found out that Max Villatoro had been moved from Eldora, Iowa, but we didn't know where he was taken. Last evening Gloria Villatoro received a call from Max in Alexandria, Louisiana, saying he has been told he will be put on a plane to Honduras at the first opportunity.
Later in the evening, Gloria and the children made a 5-minute video appealing to President Obama for Max's release. Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler has been walking closely with Gloria, providing pastoral care and providing a communication link between the various groups that are advocating for Max.
Karla is suggesting that people make very short videos appealing for Max's release. If you are willing to make a video, please do it right away, upload it to YouTube and send the link to Matt Hildreth, Director of Online Programs for America's Voice. Matt has been a helpful advisor and advocate to us over the past week. He is copied on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please forward this to others who might be interested in making a video.
Tammy Alexander of Mennonite Central Committee in Washington DC suggests that we promote Gloria's video on social media over the weekend, as the White House switchboard will not take messages over the weekend.
We also want to let you know about an event coming up on Tuesday, "March with Max's Family." Come to the Pedestrian Mall on Washington Street in Iowa City at 4:30 on Tuesday, March 17, for a peaceful march to speak out against the separation of families and in support of pastor Max to keep him with his family. See details at the link above.
Above all, pray for Max's release and for the well being of Max and Gloria and the children.
In hope and prayer,