MercyWorks travels to Texas border to provide medical and spiritual support

LINDALE, Texas (KLTV) – MercyWorks and a local medical team of 23 volunteers left the Bethesda Clinic to serve people in the United States and Mexico for a week in November.

The team in November was made up of doctors, dentists and nurses and included people from Marvin United Methodist, First Baptist, CCF, Hideaway Lake Community and Green Acres Baptist Church.

“Your heart goes out to these people and you hear their stories of why they left and most of the time it was some kind of violence that led them to seek a better life,” said MercyWorks director Debbie. Lascelles.

To date, 18 Youth With A Mission Tyler teams have gone to the border this year providing over $ 150,000 in hygiene kits, blankets, children’s supplies, underwear, Bibles, school supplies and more. In addition, MercyWorks medical teams provided free and much-needed dental care and medical examinations.

During their trip in November, the team held a meeting one evening with a border patrol officer. He told them about the challenges of the past two years. Now Lascelles wants to give back to the Border Patrol officers with “Border Patrol Appreciation Bags” filled with essential items including jerky, sunscreen, gum, gift cards, handwritten notes of appreciation, protein bars, mints, socks, etc. each bag costs $ 50 and the items will be assembled at YWAM Tyler for distribution in person to each of the 600 border patrol officers in January.

“There is a crisis on our southern border. Many of our border patrol officers feel overwhelmed and underestimated. It is high time those of us who live in Texas show them that we are grateful for the work they do to try to protect us and uphold the rule of law. said Lascelles.

To contribute to the Border Patrol Appreciation Bags or to help assemble or distribute them, contact Debbie Lascelles at 903-882-5591 or [email protected]

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