Epiphany's International Partnerships Continue to Expand
The Church of the Epiphany has long been involved in international partnerships. Two of those long-standing partners are All Hallows by the Tower, London, England and The Church of the Epiphany in Doha, Qatar. At present Epiphany is awaiting word on a grant it submitted to the Development Goals Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of New York to partner with St. George’s Church in Baghdad and Stand with Iraqi Christians, a partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania and the Anglican Diocese of the Cyprus and the Gulf. Each of these unique partnerships expands the life, mission, and ministry of the Church of the Epiphany beyond what any single member could do. It also provides the members and friends of the parish with the opportunity to prayerfully discern where God would have them become personally involved through prayer, advocacy, and support. In recent sermons Fr. Roy has spoken of the work that is being accomplished by the Diocese of Arizona through an organization called Cruzando Fronteras. In conversations with Bishop Jennifer and Deacon Rodger of St. Andrew’s Church, Nogales, Arizona, Fr. Roy has identified one of the most tangible ways this parish can help respond to the overwhelming human need that increasingly presses against the southern border. Many people have asked how they can help. Here’s how:
Cruzando Fronteras (Crossing Borders), supports a number of shelters on the Mexican side of the border. These shelters hold individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States and are waiting for their “Credible Threat” interview with the US Border Patrol or their next court date with a US Immigration Judge. These individuals, from infants to the elderly, must wait weeks and often months in these shelters until their next appointment with immigration. Cruzando Fronteras is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona that crosses into Mexico nearly every day delivering much needed supplies to these shelters.
"Jesus said, '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.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when...?' 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'" Matthew 25:35ff