UPDATED TIME & LOCATIONS: Southern Baptist leaders to visit Texas facilities for migrant children
McALLEN, Texas, July 21, 2014—Leadership from The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will tour two Texas facilities for migrant children on July 22.
In a tour hosted by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, national and state Southern Baptist leaders and the Catholic Bishop of Brownsville will visit a Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen, Texas, and a Health and Human Services facility at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
“As Christians, our first response to this crisis on the border must be one of compassion towards those in need, not disgust or anger,” said ERLC President, Dr. Russell Moore. “This situation on the border is a crisis—one that will take careful work from government leaders to help secure a porous border and an even more porous immigration policy that fuels the problem. At the same time, this crisis will take a church willing to pray, serve, and love these vulnerable ones in need.”
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, also commented on the border crisis and the importance of visiting the Texas facilities.
“The crisis on the border of Texas has captured the attention of America,” Floyd said. “Due to my love for our country and for all people, I am visiting the border of Texas to view the situation personally and discuss ways in which the Southern Baptist Convention might be able to serve and assist during this great time of need.”
A press conference will follow each visit.
Southern Baptist leaders and the Bishop of Brownsville to tour CBP and
HHS facilities, hold press conferences
Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention
Dr. Jim Richards, Executive Director, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
Bishop Daniel Flores, Catholic Bishop of Brownsville, Texas
Richards is scheduled to participate in the San Antonio press conference only and additional speakers may added at a later date.
Tuesday, July 22
8:30 a.m. CST McAllen press conference
2:45 p.m. CST San Antonio press conference (San Antonio Press Conference Dial-in: 1-866-952-1906; Conference ID ‘Border’)
The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy entity with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.
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