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‘We see the tension roll off their shoulders. They have a haven.’


leaves, she brings them to the safe house, which is owned by San Antonio Menno-


nite Church and staffed by volun- teers from local Christian, Muslim and Jewish congregations. “We bring them to this house and


immediately we see the tension roll off their shoulders,” Doucette said. “Tey have a haven before they go off on a grueling trip.” Before the families leave on their


A mother and her children (names withheld for their privacy) wait for their bus to travel to stay with a sponsor family while prepar- ing their case for asylum and appearing in immigration court.


trips, the Interfaith Welcome Coali- tion provides them with a backpack filled with snacks, a hygiene kit and entertainment for the kids. Every night volunteers and refugees eat a meal together in the safe house at a large wooden table that seats 14. Both the volunteers and the


families who stay at the house feel


a sense of God-given grace during this time together. “I thank God for good people who have helped along the way,” Lopez Lucas said. “Tey understand, truly understand, how families like us have suffered.” For Doucette, it’s in walking with


this suffering that she sees the gos- pel come alive. “It’s modeling Christ,” she said.


“When people see you feeding the hungry, they see that the gospel is still alive. Aſter 2,000 years, it’s still the living word.” 


Author bio: Sancken is a social worker, mother and writer based in Charlottesville, Va. She is a Valparaiso [Ind.] University alumna.


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