“If two of our greatest challenges in this country are immigration and health care, then we’re a microcosm of that in this building.”
View the photo gallery of Gaston Christian Center.
Watch the interview with Karen Baptist Church pastor Hsa Twel and Wallace Yay at Gaston Christian Center.
Watch the Chin Agape Baptist Church congregational singing at Gaston Christian Center.
View the Karen Baptist Church children’s choir singing in their native language
Like so many of the families with whom she shared a field, a song, a smile, Aracely Salazar is here to love this country, to work hard, to help her family thrive and to find peace.
Where opportunity for education and employment abounds, the fight against poverty remains spiritual, rooted in the heart.
Listen to the stories of the more than 268,000 in Hidalgo County living below their federal poverty threshold and you will learn that the Rio Grande waters are rarely hospitable to newcomers, most of whom must take on the slow, agonizing work of rebuilding life from scratch on the other side.
All photos taken in this photo gallery are by Lesley-Ann Hix Tommey. Despite the Rio Grande’s unmistakable capacity to both give and strip away life, there is yet a more formidable power in Hidalgo County, Texas, and it flows from within….