Prestonwood Baptist Church Ministers to Border Patrol Agents, Families

ChurchLeaders | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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While several American cities braced for raids aimed at undocumented immigrants last week, volunteers from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas offered support and appreciation to Border Patrol agents and their families.

The 42,000-member Southern Baptist congregation, which regularly conducts outreach to migrants, turned its attention to government employees tasked with maintaining order along the U.S. border. In a mission trip dubbed Operation Border Blessing, a team from the church delivered food, backpacks, and other items to agents and their families in El Paso, Texas.

Mike - Buster - Prestonwood - Executive - Pastor

Mike Buster, Prestonwood’s executive pastor, tweeted: “We supplied backpacks, inflatables, give-aways. They were so grateful [and] some in tears, telling us that nobody appreciates what they do.” Border Patrol agents, often stretched thin, have been praised for showing compassion while doing tough jobs; others, however, have recently faced accusations of misconduct and racism.

Prestonwood’s commitment to help immigrants while supporting governmental policies and leaders reflects the tightrope many evangelical Christians and organizations now walk. While most recognize the need to provide humanitarian assistance regardless of people’s citizenship status, some say that must be balanced with supporting the government’s efforts to secure the border.

Prestonwood - Pastor - Jack - Graham - President

Prestonwood lead pastor Jack Graham has supported President Trump and served on his evangelical advisory committee. Graham and Buster also both defended Customs and Border Protection employees last month when questions arose about crowded, unsanitary conditions in detention centers.

Yet Prestonwood reportedly spent $64,000 on immigration relief efforts last year, providing food, clothes, and other necessities to detainees throughout America. Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump made headlines by donating $50,000 to the church’s efforts. At the time, Graham said, “The beauty of America and the people in our church is that we don’t have to wait for our politicians to sort out their disagreements in order to do what is right. Our country is facing complex issues that...
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