Buckner International President and CEO Albert Reyes addresses the reason people are migrating to the United States at the Texas border and what nonprofits can offer as a solution to that reason in this article originally posted on Baptist News Global.
In June, Texas announced a $250 million state-funded down payment to continue the construction of the southern border wall without federal support. Since the announcement from Gov. Greg Abbott, thousands of dollars have been raised in private donations from other states and Texas residents.
If we can work this diligently to secure our borders, imagine the possible impact of putting the same effort into addressing the reason for migration.
Understanding the motivation behind migration is vital to improving the border crisis. This idea of identifying the root of the problem and stopping it at the source is what drives the work of Buckner International, the nonprofit I serve, domestically and internationally.
Paul writes in Romans 12:13: “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” He encouraged the recipients of his letters to share the love of Christ with those who may be fighting for a better life and in need. This command reminds us of our duty to care for the vulnerable and show them a better life, and we can do that by taking preventative rather than reactive action, especially at our southern border.
Providing funds for countries of origin of migrants is a step in the right direction and a step God calls us to take as we look to help those hurting beyond our border.