Dr. Alejandro Mandes is executive director of the EFCA All People Ministry. He and his wife, Julie, attend Northwest Community Church (EFCA) in San Antonio, Texas.
Today’s national conversation about DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—is eliciting fervent posts from all sides of the immigration debate. Many people do little more than post, repost, complain and blow smoke.
Instead, I love how EFCA Immigrant Hope and EFCA leaders are doing more than playing verbal volleyball. They are in the trenches, loving people. Consider this quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Read the articles in this series to meet a few EFCA leaders who aren’t waiting for government action but are actively loving the immigrants among us.