Many of you have been asking, "What's next?", "What can we do now to help Max?". Here are some actions that we can do today to support Max, Gloria and many others like them:
a. For Gloria and Max and their children
b. For Igelsia Menonita Torre Fuerte
c. For the 2 million deported immigrants and their families that are in similar situations
d. For ICE and other government officials
2. Donate to the Villatoro Family Fund to help the family with loss of Max's income and legal expenses.
3. Educate yourself:
a. MC USA Churchwide Statement on Immigration: http://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Immigration_Statement_2014Feb151.pdf
b. MCC Immigration Listening Project https://washingtonmemo.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/mcc-us-listening-project-pdf.pdf
c. “Christians at the Border” by M. Daniel Carroll R. http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/christians-at-the-border-2nd-edition/283513
4. Educate others:
a. Lead a Bible Study in your church using the 6 week Radical Hospitality curriculum http://www.mennoniteusa.org/what-we-do/immigration/radical-hospitality-discussion-guide/radical-hospitality-core-curriculum/
b. “Open you arms” by Saulo Padilla http://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ACP_12_Spring_SauloPadilla.pdf
c. Group study: Sojourners: “Strangers in the Land” http://sojo.net/store/product/strangers-land-print
d. “Dying to Live” video http://dyingtolive.nd.edu/
a. MC USA Churchwide Statement on Immigration: Appendix 1: Actions for 2014-2016 http://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Immigration_Statement_2014Feb151.pdf
b. MCC Washington Office http://mcc.org/get-involved/advocacy/washington and http://mcc.org/learn/what/migration
c. Write letters to government officials encouraging immigration reform
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.