April 28, 2021
I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe until things normalize for all of us.
We welcomed the first workers for this year’s growing season in late March from Airport and Wagstaff camps. They arrived a bit tired from their long trip from Mexico but ready to work to support their families. Some of these men have been parishioners of St. Bernadette for over 24 years, so it was good to see them again.
For now, transportation to Mass and Sunday dinners have been cancelled until we feel comfortable the Drivers of Faith, volunteers, and workers can safely interact. I will let you know if anything changes.
Currently, we have provided either clothing, shoes, or hygiene kits to 67 workers in the following 10 camps. Through prayer and supplication, their needs will be met by our parishioners and others that have their hearts open to these men:
Chicken Farm 1 & 2
We have been truly blessed –
The ministry received a nice donation of outdoor furniture for Wagstaff, and a loving parish council member helped to pick it up and deliver. A driver donated bags of groceries and drove it to the camp for us. The parish widow’s group, A Widow’s Journey, cooked and helped deliver several hot meals for the workers. The quilting ministry, My Brother’s Keeper, continues to sew masks for the workers. They have sewn thousands of masks for the Migrant Ministry and other non-profits in the area. A parishioner continues to donate shoes to the workers, and it is like Christmas morning for these men when they receive them.
The bakery in Angier, Shelly’s Mom’s Bakery, has confirmed they will continue to donate Mexican sweet bread to the ministry this growing season. St. Andrew’s Brown Bag ministry, Neal, and Mary Ann are returning with produce for the workers starting next week. A dear parishioner will continue to donate her time and talent by giving the workers haircuts. Another parishioner donated new shirts as he did last year.
As instruments, we provide food, items, camaraderie, and support to the workers so their hearts can be filled with the Holy Spirit and follow HIM. I love this ministry.