From their vantage point in the Rio Grande Valley, the Moya family has seen the shift in local and foreign missional travel firsthand. More accurately, they are helping drive it. Their South Texas church has received short-term mission teams for 25 years. In 2017, Yonathan Moya joined his family to found Border Perspective and bring church groups and individuals to the border to see for themselves an American experience starkly different than their own. The Moyas are not just hosting short-term volunteers, their trips take visitors wanting to spend more time on their own side of the border to better understand the complexity of challenges in their own country.
Feel free to contact the following references about their trip experience.
Youth Ministries Director of Discipleship
Hope Church | Richfield, Minnesota
Trip Leader — July 2019
Ministry On The Border | Reflection by Mia Franklin
A team of students from Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, Minnesota traveled to the South Texas border on a service-learning trip in partnership with Border Perspective. From volunteering at a local immigrant center to serving alongside immigrant pastors, these opportunities gave this team an eye-opening and first-hand look at ministry alongside immigrants communities. Mia Franklin, Youth Ministries Director of Discipleship and trip leader describes her team’s service-learning experience in South Texas. Click here to read Mia’s full trip reflection!
Dr. Ken and Jan Cottrell
Trip Participant — August 2019
Border Perspectives is a remarkable vehicle to learn about some of the history of immigration and some of the current issues associated with immigrants who are trying to find their way into the United States. Our hosts, Rev. & Mrs. Hugo and Eunice Moya were very generous with hospitality and extremely knowledgeable, informative and compassionate about the history and current state of affairs for immigrants finding their way to a new life in the United States.
Our trip was clearly offered in the crucible of our Christian faith with a wide-lens perspective on the humanitarian crisis on the border. Border Perspectives illustrates how the church’s ministry to migrants takes on three faces: direct action, an awareness of public policy advocacy and prayerful theological reflection. These aspects reflect the church’s identity as a sacramental (outward and visible sign) presence of the Reign of God in the world.
During the preparations for our trip, Yonathan Moya of Border Perspective was quick and efficient to respond to our questions with phone calls, emails and text messages. We were given a thorough explanation for our travel and an excellent orientation to serve at the Humanitarian Refuge Center. We had rich opportunities to worship with and get to know the people of Iglesia Misionera Cristo Vive.
If you are looking for a path to learn more about the humanitarian efforts at the U.S. border and a meaningful way to engage your faith, we recommend, without reservation, Border Perspectives.
We look forward to returning with Border Perspectives and sharing in Christ’s ministry at the border.
Trip Participants share about their border experience on Social Media
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This weekend I have the privilege to learn and serve on the US/Mexico border with @borderperspective and @experiencemission and it has already rocked my world. Regardless of your political stance on Immigration and border security, you cannot turn a blind eye to human need at this magnitude. Hundreds of asylum-seekers are welcomed in each day (with valid cases of extreme danger at home), often empty-handed carrying nothing but their children and are met by a handful (sometimes less than 10) of volunteers working to clothe, feed, shelter, and provide transportation for these human beings to continue on their journey to destinations across the US. It’s so, so hard to process all that I’ve seen in such a short time, but I’m overcome by the gaps that I’ve seen and experienced in resources and volunteers stepping up to welcome these neighbors. The situation is far more urgent than I imagined and as a Church, we need to get to work.
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"Just make it through the next few days of hell." There were no showers so we were handing out handfuls of baby wipes so people could make an attempt at cleaning themselves. Some hadn't showered in days; at least not as long as they'd been in a detention center. They had nothing but the clothes on their backs and a folder of documents. One of the volunteers said, it makes it a little easier knowing this is temporary because everyone here is going to meet a sponsor. She said you do what you can and think if they just make it through the next few days of hell. . . I could not bring myself to photograph anyone in that state, but I see their faces. Everyone is exhausted and overheated. CBP takes all their belongings, even their shoe laces and hair ties, and nothing is returned to them. I kept thinking about dignity; did they feel it's fragility as someone demanded the laces from their worn soles? With the current rhetoric around immigration, I look at the kids and wonder if this will be their lowest point? Will they find a welcoming community? Then two boys walked up arm in arm looking for "libros." Days of difficult travel, days of walking, dirt on their arms, sweat-stained clothes, shoes slipping from their feet, but all they asked for were books. This may be living hell, but it cannot blot out resilience. The photo is of the bathrooms (no showers) at one of the many refuge centers for asylum seekers recently released from detention centers. They pass through these centers for a few acts of kindness from volunteers before traveling on to Dallas, Kansas, Minnesota. . . I'll be writing more about what I learned along the Texas/Mexico border for @liberatusdc #texas #resilience #whyitravel #beapeacemaker #borderjourney
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The Rio Grande Valley team has had a busy week working with Pastor Moya and his family, hosting Kids Club for immigrant families, painting a house for future mission teams, and serving at a food bank. They also had the opportunity to pray at the border and learn about immigration from a variety of sources. It has been an eye-opening, educational, and hopeful week, and they’re excited to bring home a new perspective. #CMSpringBreak2019 @borderperspective