Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. When you think of the contributions of Hispanic Americans, remember the people behind “successful Latinos” – the courageous parents who brought their children to this country seeking “a better life.” Like Miguel, Maria and Dominga, who began their American dream in the fields picking vegetables; Jaime, a construction worker; Silvia, a stay at home mom; Emilia, a cook – all immigrants and U.S. citizens.
Despite the challenges of limited English, functional illiteracy, long hours at hard, low-paying jobs, and life in impoverished neighborhoods, they’ve raised bilingual, well-rounded youth and young adults with bright futures ahead of them. Ministry to today’s immigrant families is an investment in tomorrow’s leaders.
Dear God, my prayer today is for Your people to hear the call to engage in tangible ministry efforts that seek to welcome immigrants in our communities. Thank you for the blessing of serving others, and help us to remember the words of Your Son, “For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” Amen.
- Sue Smith, CBF field personnel among Latino Immigrants