BENEFITING: CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
EVENT: el Camino del Inmigrante
EVENT DATE: Aug 20, 2016
Friends and Family, For the last few years I have been listening and joining the narrative of over 11 million undocumented immigrants that are making the US their home. As an immigrant myself, this reality is not just an issue but an injustice. I am compelled, by the Spirit, to practice radical hospitality and stand with the vulnerable. Which is why I have decided to participate in the Camino del Inmigrante with Christian Community Development Association (ccda.org). This is a unique opportunity to show solidarity with my fellow immigrants and hopefully bring about much needed resources to our communities. The Camino del Inmigrante is a 150 mile journey starting from Love Park at the US/Mexican border up to Downtown Los Angeles. This walk will span over 10 days and stopping every night for debrief and reflection at local churches hearing stories and praying for our undocumented friends and family. I am also raising funds for two organizations: Solidarity and World Relief. Solidarity (solidarityrising.org). I have been blessed to have come across a group of students that have taken Jesus' words seriously; to love God and love their neighbor. For the last 14 years Solidarity has been living out the love and care Jesus taught his disciples how to do. I have seen first hand what a community looks like when the church decides to follow Christ and love their neighbors. Proceeds will go to help those that are undocumented cover their fees for their legal cases for the family. World Relief (worldreliefgardengrove.org). World Relief is one of the nine agencies that works directly with the government in providing refugee resettlement and immigration services. I have the honor of interning here and working with local churches to help mobilize them into acting out the faith we claim according to the teaching of Christ. Proceeds will go to support the regional office that works with thousands of refugees, undocumented immigrants and local churches learning to serve and love in radical hospitality. As I prepare to trek these 150 miles, please keep me and hundreds of other supporters that will be walking as well in unity and support for the millions of immigrants that have done this under more dangerous circumstances. Please follow this blog for updates! In Christ and in movement, David Jaimes.