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Photo essay: ‘Strangers and sojourners’ (UM News)

May 17, 2022

As record numbers of migrants continue to cross Mexico’s southern border, the Methodist Church of Mexico is seeking new ways to be in ministry with immigrant families on the move.

A UM News team accompanied Mexican church leaders and longtime partners from The United Methodist Church in April 2022 on visits with migrants, other faith communities and charitable and civic leaders in southern Mexico as they sought ways to help.

The team worked its way north from Tapachula, near Mexico’s southern border where there are no Methodist churches, through Puebla and on to Apaxco, north of Mexico City, areas with long-established Methodist church ministries.

Part of this team were two Bishops of the Iglesia Metodista de Mexico, Pastors Rafael and Toña Rios, and Rev. Dr. Joel Hortiales of the California-Pacific Conference.