Last night we received some hopeful news about Max, which means that ICE officials are noticing the advocacy people are doing for Max.
To help Max, we need to show that many people are watching and advocating for his release. A strong show of support today is very important.
There are two ways to do that.
1. Call ICE in Washington, D.C. at 202-732-3000 or 888-351-4024. Tell them you are calling on them to stop the deportation of Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro of Iowa City (A# 094-338-085). Max is not a threat, he is a servant leader in the community and should be returned to his family and church.
2. Come to Iowa City this afternoon at 4:30 for a peaceful march to speak out against the separation of families and in support of Pastor Max Villatoro to keep him with is family. The Center for Worker Justice in Iowa City had planned a peaceful march for this afternoon, and it turns out to be perfect timing after yesterday's events.
Here are the details, which you can also find on Facebook here.
Keep families together!
Join us for a peaceful march and speak out against the separation of families and in support of local Pastor Max Villatoro to keep him with is family.
4:30PM Tuesday, March 17th
Iowa City Pedmall
*Meet outside of the Iowa City Public Library.
*Wear a white t-shirt, bring your own sign.
Above all, PRAY. Pray for the march, for the ICE officials deciding Max's fate, and for Max and his family. Max's release will be God's doing and a witness to God's power and care.
Bring Max Back!
Central Plains Pastor Max Villatoro was deported to Honduras on Friday, March 20 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Max and his wife Gloria are the pastors of Iglesia Torre Fuerte in Iowa City. Join us in prayer that Max can be reunited with his family and congregation, and join us in offering financial support to the Villatoro family.