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SACRAMENTO – Thousands of children - with and without parents, many with serious health concerns - continue to cross America's southernmost border and overburden immigration facilities and local social services. The White House has been strangely quiet about what some are calling a humanitarian crisis.
However, an Hispanic Christian organization called NHCLC/Conela, is rolling out a concerted effort to keep unaccompanied children away from the U.S. border. They plan to run public service announcements on Central American television and radio, as well as print ads.
NHCLC/Conela will work with thousands of churches in Latin America to urge congregants not to send their children to cross the border. Additionally, the group is asking churches worldwide to join in prayer on five important fronts: unaccompanied children, their parents, Latin American government leaders, U.S. government leaders and the overwhelmed law enforcement officers that are in the middle of this crisis and doing their best to enforce current policies.
"This is a humanitarian crisis and we must act now," said Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC/Conela. "The Bible gives us clear instructions on how to treat both our neighbors and children, and therefore we must show compassion for them."
NHCLC/Conela leadership will meet with Latin American church leaders from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on July 10 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
"Our global world requires global solutions," said Ricardo Luna, executive director of NHCLC/CONELA. "Our organization is positioned to serve and encourage real solutions to the heartbreaking situations that children and their families are facing."
NHCLC/Conela's PSA campaign across Latin America will begin shortly.
"We urge for Congress and our President to continue to work together to seek both short- and long-term solutions for the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border," said Rodriguez. "Additionally, we encourage all God's people to commit to pray specifically this Sunday, July 6, 2014, for this dire situation."
NHCLC/Conela is the largest Hispanic Christian organization serving millions of Evangelicals, 40,118 U.S. churches and more than 500,000 churches across the globe. Seeking to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march of prophetic activism, the NHCLC/Conela emphasizes "7 Directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.