Welcome to Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries! If you are a refugee or a person
with an emergency need, contact us. We are here to
help you. If you wish to serve God's people in need along the Texas/Mexico
border, we welcome your support and mission work. While our
ministry primarily serves political refugees who are seeking safety from
persecution in their home countries, our ministry has expanded to serve the
needs of the poor on the Texas side of the border—from repairing homes to programs for young mothers and their
babies. We believe in educating all of God's people, and we do so through
assisting with high school and college tuition support for students and through
a Bible Institute in Monterrey, Mexico. And while safety issues keep us from sending workers into
Mexico, we continue to support the Casa Bethel
orphanage through our donations. There is a lot to do and we welcome your help
whether in the form of donations or mission
workers. If you have never stayed with us on a mission trip, we invite you to
reserve a time to join us. We
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY E-MAIL TO ALL WHO COUNT
SOUTHWEST GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRIES AS A FRIEND!
At 2:21 Central Time today, Rev. Feliberto Pereira,
Director of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries spent the last of our 2013
budget helping refugees and
hurting folks who are coming to the Center more
than ever before.
Then he got a call that there were more coming, hoping
that Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries could help them get a new start.
Feliberto called our Board Chair, Dr. John Callison. They
prayed and then called our newsletter guy who remembered the
Scripture that says,
"You have not because you ask not!"
We are asking, right now!
We know that this is not just about Feliberto and those of us on the Board.
We know that the 1038 E-addresses we have are at
least 1038 wonderful Christians
with good hearts who see the great work we do here in
and who listen to God when a need for funds goes out.
Now we are sending a note to you.
- all 1038 of you -
WE NEED MONEY TO DO THIS MINISTRY.
YOU ARE THE KEY.
Pastor, call your Outreach Director.
Outreach Director, call your Pastor.
Elder, call your Deacon.
Youth, text everyone and flood Facebook with requests.
WE RECEIVED A CHECK FOR $10,000! Memorial Christian of St Louis gives $10,000 for hunger issues to
Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries!
It is because of churches like this (and like yours!) that we can touch so many lives. Because of you there are 200 who get lunch DAILY on the landfill of Matamoros in Jesus name! Because of you, the 40+ orphans of Casa Betel get hundreds of pounds of beans and rice every time their supplies get low. Because of churches like yours, Dr. Nancy not only gives medical help but she also offers meals. Daniel drives to Reynosa to deliver food in his beat up old car and the Bible Institute gets to feed its students who have very little because of you. Unto the least of these in Jesus Name - Thanks be unto God!
Christmas is coming; would you like some gift ideas? The Lilies of the Valley make all kinds of crafts and foods. One of our Board members shared that her sister and two cousins every year make a donation to SWGSM in her name for Christmas. They all state that there is not much they really need which cannot be said for the refugees crossing the river in search of a new life (we average about 3 new refugees a week). How blessed if Feliberto had a handful of gift cards so we could help the refugees get a new set of clothes. Christmas giving in a loved one's name is a fun way to do Christmas. What if you sent money so the orphans at Casa Betel could eat a chicken dinner on December 25th? We also have a great need for Pampers, as many of the ladies we minister to have babes to take care of. Also you might give money for beans, rice, toys, gasoline vouchers, Christmas gifts for the staff who get paid very little. Ho! Ho! Ho! (that is Spanish for Ho! Ho! Ho!) Christmas is coming, it is Jesus birthday, what do you think He would want...
The Lilies of the Valley ladies made this purse (modeled by Board member, Lyn). We believe someone in you family would like one for Christmas! Email Guille Peralez at email@example.com and find out what else they have, all made by the ladies learning to be self sufficient!
The Story of Alexsandra
Mi Casa, a government orphanage in Matamoros, is home to Alexsandria and her twin sister. Three years ago, through SWGSM, Dr. Herman Wood of the Woodlands Christian Church met Alexsandria while visiting with Dr. Nancy Rodriquez-Cox there in Matamoros. Alexsandria was born with eyes that did not work together and had ankles that would not bend. Because of her toes always "en pointe", she had never been able to stand or walk.
Then two weeks ago, we met the new Alexsandria, now almost 6 years old when she visited us at the SWGSM Board meeting, accompanied by Dr. Nancy and Larry Cox of Casa Bugambilia and others. While there we all witnessed Alexsandria look at us, smile with great joy, and then walk to us for a hug! Wow! What a miracle! This miracle of healing had been made possible because Dr. Herman Wood, the staff of Casa Bugambilia, Shriner's Hospital and some wonderful doctors from Dallas, all coordinated by SWGSM, worked together to provide Alexsandria with the medical care needed. Even better, this all came about with the cooperation of the U.S. government and the D.I.F. Department (providers of Social Care) of Matamoros, Mexico.
Alexsandria is a walking witness of what God, humans and governments can accomplish if they would work together for bringing healing to the "least of these" done in Christ's name. We are especially thankful for Veronica Salazar, head of DIF in Matamoros (the lady pictured above with the purple blouse) for her help and her bold Christian witness in her home of Matamoros. Pray we all will continue to work together for all who need God's touch in our world. ____________________________________________________________
As we were together on the last morning of our Board meeting in October, Feliberto got another call - two new Cuban refugees asking for help, giving God praise for the USA and the kind and helpful Immigration Officials who not only welcomed them to the United States but also directed them to Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries for more help. Their story will be in the next issue of our quarterly newsletter.
This letter below was sent at Feliberto's request. He wanted you to hear from a Thankful Refugee who is now an Outstanding Citizen, all because of the work we all do here at Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries....
Disculpe la demora pero ha sido una semana muy agitada en el trabajo. Aquí le mando el testimonio que escribí,
In 2005 and after a year-long journey, my family and I arrived to the United States. As political refugees, we found ourselves lost in a different country with an apparent strange culture. For the next year, the Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries served as our home. Within their installations, we learned the value of community as refugees from all around the world lived together, shared common stories, and learned to survive in unity. Reverend Feliberto Pereira served as an instrument carefully chosen by God to guide us all throughout this time and through the legal process to achieve political asylum. Reverend Pereira's great love and determination to serve others are a clear manifestation of God's calling for his life. This was one of the most difficult times we encountered as a family, yet it was also the most enlightening one. Within the Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries, The Lord prepared our hearts, and minds to answer His calling for our lives. We arrived as strangers into a new land yet through this journey God made it clear that as He had guarded our lives, we will in turn offer ourselves in service to Him. This realization drove me to further continue my studies in History and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. I learned a great deal on the history of my own continent, and the challenges we continue to face as we become immigrants in the United States. I graduated in 2012 and currently work with an inner city ministry and legal non-profit in Dallas. I am fortunate enough to work closely with the Spanish-speaking community, organizing, advocating and educating them on their legal rights while serving their spiritual enrichment through prayer, ministering, and discipleship. God's plans are always perfect and our struggles always serve to exalt and glorify His name. My family and I arrived to the United States with only the clothes we had on, yet through hardships and struggles God has used wonderful servants like Reverend Pereira and The Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries to fulfill His promise for our lives. Muchas gracias por querer compartir nuestra historia. Es un gozo saber que lo que Dios ha hecho en nuestras vidas sirve para glorificar su nombre. Muchos abrazos de parte mía para usted y el pastor Pereira. Los quiero mucho a los dos
Seeing the face of the God of Jesus in the face and the journey of each of
these brothers and sisters--the least of these--makes us feel like we are always
in touch with the anguish of the cross but also with the hope of the
- Feliberto Pereira, Founder
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