Heart to Heart with Immigrants:

Opportunity to Serve

The Border Program at Cristo Rey:


We believe the best way to know another reality is to experience it first-hand. Cristo Rey offers an intense educational immersion experience for adults, university students, and youth groups. Participants have a chance to: 


  • hear personal accounts of border life from our members

  • visit the fence between El Paso and Juárez and hear stories of members and friends who live in Juarez 

  • meet with promoters of social justice in El Paso through non-profit organizations and ministries

  • participate in a discussion with Border Patrol 

  • meet with an immigration lawyer 

  • work with youth at Cristo Rey's After School Program

  • visit the colonias of El Paso, Texas and, if desired, Juárez, México 

  • experience Mexican and Mexican-American culture

  • participate in fellowship with the Cristo Rey congregation


For more information visit: http://iglesiacristorey.wix.com/borderimmersion

or send an email to borderimmersion@gmail.com

Hi Sherry (Cole, Peace & Justice):

I just wanted to let you know that there is a group here from American Lutheran Church that is going to El Paso for a week-long immigration experience on both sides of the border.  It will be put on by Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in El Paso.  I just thought I'd let you know in case you know anyone who might be interested.  They don't need to be Lutheran.  Just putting it out there.

American Lutheran Church, GJ: 

631 26 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506

  (970) 242-7835


Bless you for all your energy and commitment to the good work you do,

Ann Gibson

About Us (Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey)

Located in the heart of central El Paso, Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey is a community called to proclaim the Good News and make disciples everywhereWe strive to offer welcoming worship, generous hospitality, heart-felt care for the needs of community as we share in the gifts that God has given us. The worshiping congregation provides an inclusive place for cultures to meet and partake in a community of God's love and grace. 


In April of 1990,  the Division for Outreach and the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) founded Cristo Rey Centro Luterano as a ministry of outreach to the Hispanic community in central El Paso under the leadership of Pastora Maria Valenzuela.  May 1992 heralded Cristo Rey’s first worship service, attended by about five people.  Four of them have gone with God, but we still have the first member Sookie Parra who is 94 years old.

In July of 1997, Pastor Maria left for Chicago to accept a position with the Multicultural Commission of the ELCA.  In August of 1997, Pastora Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán accepted a call to be the Mission Developer at Cristo Rey.  She was formally ordained on March 21, 1998. On September 22nd of 2001, Cristo Rey moved from a mission congregation to a fully recognized and organized church of the ELCA with 99 charter members.  Since then we have been able to grow and expand our ministries in central El Paso, working across the border in Juárez, and in the colonias surrounding El Paso.



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