Oklahoma Baptists Head to U.S. Border to Aid Detained Migrants

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Southern Baptists are heading to the southern border of the U.S. to minister to migrants presently being detained and in transition.

“They need help, and Oklahoma Baptists are on their way,” Don Williams, director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief, said last week in an interview with The Oklahoman.

“Everybody has an opinion. Regardless of the politics, we are going to do what we are trained and equipped to do.”

In partnership with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and a group of Texas Baptists, the Oklahoma disaster relief volunteers will be serving meals to detainees at the border. While the number of meals being prepared daily was 1,700, they have now been asked to prepare approximately 9,000 meals.

“The definition of disaster is not just a tornado or a hurricane. For us, it’s anything that exceeds the capacity for someone or a local community to take of themselves. People need to eat. The system is strained so we’re going to go help,” Williams explained.

The Christian Post reached out to the General Convention for Oklahoma Baptists for additional comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Conditions at the border have come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks — most notably in a June 21 New York Times article about a Texas facility — and is set to be a contentious issue to be debated as the 2020 election season begins.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter