Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries
Celebrating 30 Years!

Welcome to Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries! If you are a refugee or a person with an emergency need, contact us. We are here to help you. If you wish to serve God's people in need along the Texas/Mexico border, we welcome your support and mission work. While our ministry primarily serves political refugees who are seeking safety from persecution in their home countries, our ministry has expanded to serve the needs of the poor on the Texas side of the border—from repairing homes to programs for young mothers and their babies. We believe in educating all of God's people, and we do so through assisting with high school and college tuition support for students and through a Bible Institute in Monterrey, Mexico. And while safety issues keep us from sending workers into Mexico, we continue to support the Casa Bethel children's home through our donations.  There is a lot to do and we welcome your help whether in the form of donations or mission workers.  If you have never stayed with us on a mission trip, we invite you to reserve a time to join us. We welcome you!

Beloved friends and partners in ministry, 

With a heavy heart, I write this letter. I am Rev. Hector M. Velazquez, Chair of the Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries Board of Directors. Last week our director, Feliberto, shared with me a profound burden which we are unable to carry alone. 

For the first time in our history, we have turned away refugees who came for assistance, including a safe place to stay. So, with my heart in my hand, I appeal to you who have walked with us so faithfully. Please send your most generous donation as soon as possible.

See, due to the ever changing social and political realities in our world, the influx of refugees at our southern border has increased to unsustainable levels for our ministry. Only two ministries in the Brownsville/Los Fresnos area provide full support to this population, and the increase in the intake of refugees has almost depleted our resources for this year. We can no longer take everyone who comes to SWGSM and have turned away 25 individuals. Feliberto is heart-broken.

On behalf of those we serve and the SWGSM Board and staff, I am asking you to donate what you can so that we may serve the growing number of refugees seeking our life-saving assistance. You can donate online at or through the mail at PO Box 273, Los Fresnos, TX 78566.

Words cannot express my gratitude as I wait with great expectation for God's miracle to flow through your heart toward those in need. May the Lord open the windows of heaven and pour abundant blessings to you, your family and your ministry.

Thank you for your kindness.

In Christ's service,

Rev. Hector M. Velazquez

Board Chair, SWGSM

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Find out more about Feliberto's Memoir: I Was A Stranger

Seeing the face of the God of Jesus in the face and the journey of each of these brothers and sisters--the least of these--makes us feel like we are always in touch with the anguish of the cross but also with the hope of the resurrection.

  - Feliberto Pereira, Founder

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