Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries hosts the offices for two Church World Service-funded chaplains who minister to immigration detainees being held at the Port Isabell Processing Center, a large immigration detention center located three miles from Southwest’s Casa Compasión.
Founder Feliberto Pereira said:
“It is often difficult for the average American to imagine the cross a refugee must bear. As a former refugee from Cuba, I can personally relate to the perils of my brothers and sisters in Christ seeking freedom from terrorism, violence and political persecution.
“You might ask, ‘What can I do for these refugees and the ‘poorest of the poor’ in this part of the country?” Well, we cannot look at these less fortunate with the eyes of the world. We must see Christ in their faces and lift our voices to eliminate the many obstacles which prevent these, God’s people, from achieving freedom and liberty.
“My hope is that you will pray for them, and hear again Jesus’ own call to faith, the verse that has become the inspiration for this ministry:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me”. (Matthew 25)