Border Angels, a nonprofit ministry, places water along common routes in the deserts and mountains so migrants who are attempting to cross from Mexico into the US will not die of thirst. Over 10,000 souls, about two people every day, die as they attempt to cross through the mountains or desert into the US. Border Angels believes Jesus' call to give all who thirst something to drink commands them to enter into these remote places and save lives.
In an issue as controversial as immigration, few principles bring people from across the borders together—but giving drink to those who thirst is one. Upon speaking to a border patrol agent, patrolling the deeply contested fence along the Tijuana/San Diego border, this child of God spoke to us, saying “We all want people to have water. We don’t want people crossing illegally, we don’t want people breaking US law, but we certainly don’t want to find people dead in the desert. All people deserve water when they thirst.”
Jesus commanded that water be given to all who thirst. If we are to truly live out the call to do unto the least of these, then we are to do unto the undocumented worker. We are to do unto those who make us uncomfortable. We are to do unto those who are breaking the law. We are to love the neighbor we never knew, or, if we are honest, may have never wanted to know. We are to fill the cup of all who thirst.
In this post, I am not advocating changes in Immigration policy. I am not saying we should build more fences or tear them down. Instead, we look for places where the deepest divides can be closed, where we can reach across borders and find the work of God among us. Until we live in a world where none thirst, we call out—“Come, Lord Jesus.”