Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries


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. 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 children's home 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 welcome you!
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SWGSM NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Throughout the decades, our ministries have expanded to include a number of programs outside of refugee relief. One such program, the Lilies of the Valley ministry to

build life skills in young mothers, now operates in San Benito independent of SWGSM. We delight in having walked with this ministry, and we pray God's blessing on the leaders and those they serve in 2016 and beyond. Our other ministries continue to serve the poorest of the poor in the Rio Grande Valley. These include the children of Casa Bethel, a loving home for those orphaned and abandoned. We supply some of the food and clothing needed for seniors at Asilo Refuge in Rio Bravo. Donors are generous with food for these individuals and others who come to us hungry. We particularly lift up the Coastal Plains Area churches, having fed thousands over the years through their ongoing gifts of beans and rice. You can see from the photo the volume of food we receive in a single delivery. We would be remiss not to lift up the blessing of those who help us here with the hard work of unloading, reloading, and other tasks that keep our ministry working. 

The North Texas Area churches, through the "Mike's Kids" program launched in 1987 by the Slaight family, bring joy to many of those we serve. The semi-trailer loaded with toys, clothes, food, and other necessities arrived just in time for Christmas, as it has every December for decades. Forget the sleigh; now all joy comes via semi-truck! Here is a p

hoto of a delivery of Christmas gifts from the good folks of Rolling Oaks Christian Church in San Antonio.

Despite the chaos of our daily work, we pause each day to give thanks for you and to pray God's blessings on you. We work to be good stewards of God's gifts and yours. We hope you can come and visit us in the Valley - you are always welcome!

News from Feliberto:

Many people ask me about the news of President Obama’s trip to my homeland, Cuba, as part of efforts on the part of U.S. and Cuban officials to reconcile some of the differences that have existed for decades between the two nations.  As Disciples, we are a reconciling people who seek to break down barriers.  So we can support nations doing that also.  Yet we also follow the scriptural example of the Good Samaritan by offering help to persons seeking asylum from very troubling conditions in Cuba and a number of other countries.  The route that thousands from Cuba have chosen is not the 90 mile water route between Cuba and Florida.  Securing or making a watercraft for the journey is difficult without the Cuban authorities learning of the plan.  If a boat with refugees does make it safely out of Cuban waters, the water journey is still fraught with dangers.  Miguel, pictured here, made it by boat. 

Surviving threats from snakes and crocodiles on the short river journey to the sea, he and those on his boat veered off course in storms.  We got the call that he had made it to the Texas coast, and he came to us malnourished and dehydrated since provisions had been depleted while adrift at sea.  At SWGSM his nutrition, housing, legal and medical needs are being met as he works through the asylum process to get a work permit.

Cubans must actually make it onto U.S. soil in order to qualify for asylum.  If captured (or rescued!) on the water, they are sent back or elsewhere.  Given the risks of a water journey, thousands of Cuban refugees begin their journey to asylum in the U.S. by securing a travel visa for Ecuador from the Cuban authorities.  From there they journey through Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica.  The next stop, Nicaragua, is Castro-friendly, and has now closed its borders to Cuban refugees seeking to pass through to Honduras.  The Costa Rican government has negotiated with the U.S. and the United Nations to secure air transport over Nicaragua, and from there the journey north continues.  And so it goes.  So many borders.  So many obstacles, natural and man-made.  It is impossible for me to summarize here the full nature of these journeys and the condition of those persons who survive the journey to arrive at our doorstep.   A couple who arrived recently were brutalized by bandits in Mexico.  Their 11 year old son arrived at SWGSM with them, terribly traumatized that he was unable to defend his parents as he watched them being tortured.  Because we could help with comfort, temporary shelter, transportation, and other needs, this family and others get resettled in the U.S. with family, friends, or churches.  You, Dear Readers, are our “angels” who make our work possible through your prayers and your gifts.  We cannot thank you enough, and we pray that you will continue to help us break down barriers to freedom and the quality of life that God seeks for all.
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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 resurrection.

  - Feliberto Pereira, Founder


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