As tens of thousands of asylum seekers flee dire poverty in Honduras, the most violent country in Latin America, DuPage Solidarity with the Asylum Seekers calls for bearing Christian witness, solidarity and compassion with our brothers and sisters walking thousands of miles, hoping for a life of greater dignity and decency in the United States. In a nation that controls half of the world’s wealth and only 6% of the world’s population, we want to show that we will not harden our hearts to our precious brothers and sisters at the border and the children in their arms.
Over the past two months, the Asylum Seekers Project has brought together churches and individuals collecting clothing, toiletries and goods for our brothers and sisters seeking asylum. Where politics and politicians have sought to scapegoat asylum seekers leaving failed states and desperate conditions (as have all immigrants before them) in Honduras, the DuPage Solidarity Project seeks to show radical compassion, affirming their dignity and decency as brothers and sisters made in the image of Christ who need our help.
The DuPage Solidarity with the Asylum Seekers Project consists of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage Wheaton (501c3) along with the Diocese of Joliet Peace and Justice Ministry, the Lombard Mennonite Church, Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard, the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, local Lutheran churches (Lutheran Church of the Master, Carol Stream; St Andrew Lutheran in West Chicago; Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Naperville) and St. Andrew Methodist Church in Carol Stream There will also be another rally Sunday, March 3 from 12:30-1:30 at the Lombard Mennonite Church 528 E Madison St, Lombard, IL 60148.
Join us on Monday, March 4, for a prayer service blessing the donations at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Blanchette Catholic Center, 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403-8719. A group of local peacemakers will be leaving from there for Catholic Charities in Brownsville Texas on Monday, March 4. There will also be a prayer service on Sunday, March 3 from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Lombard Mennonite Church 528 E Madison St, Lombard, IL 60148, as well as one at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville, IL 60540 at 4:00 PM.
‘This Caravan Project is for our Central American brothers and sisters with the intention to let them know that they are not forgotten, that we are bringing these supplies as as sign of our love and solidarity with them in time of need, when we as Christians and people of conscience are most called to act. The Bible says give happily what has been happily given to you.” says Gabriela Hernandez Chico of Immigrant Solidarity Dupage.
The Caravan Project is seeking monetary donations for gas and truck rental fees. Donations can be sent to Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, 213 S. Wheaton Ave. Wheaton IL.
For more information, sponsorship and donations, contact:
Immigrant Solidarity DuPage 630-518-5390