Jim is the field staff missionary of the Global Migration Team of the General Board of Global Ministries, working specifically in the global migration corridor from the Northern Triangle of Central America northward to the USA/Mexico border. His areas of responsibility include:
identifying opportunities for effective ministry to and with migrants, developing a region-wide strategy and work plan;
bridging existing ongoing migrant ministries of the University of Central America “José Simeón Cañas” and ecumenical partners with the Methodist churches in Central America; and
identifying and developing effective placements for additional missionaries in the region to focus on migration services and advocacy, especially facilitating the development of young adult missionary placements and acting as support for those young adults.
The demographic focus of the Global Migration Team is the growing number of people in the Northern Triangle, (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) internally displaced due to the violence of organized gangs. The overwhelming numbers of these refugees are women and children. In many areas throughout these countries, the gangs are stronger than the national governments. Literally, forced to flee for their lives, large numbers of these refugees migrate northward through Mexico, facing additional peril of the arduous journey, as well as the cartels in northern Mexico that control undocumented migration into the USA.
The team works to discover and accompany an emergent network of churches and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that address the emergency needs of these refugees (keeping them alive); and to secure the refugees’ human rights: within their countries of origin through effective advocacy, in transit when they are forced to flee, and in their countries of destination.
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