The Light of Understanding

As well traveled and as fully versed in Presbyterian mission as he is, Tom Elander was still surprised by what he witnessed and learned at the U.S.-Mexico border last winter. As a participant in a travel study seminar hosted by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program to help better understand the real-world impact of migration and immigration law, Tom appreciated the group’s itinerary, which struck just the right balance between taking in important information and putting hands and feet to work.

“I walked away with a much greater appreciation for how difficult life is for many people from Mexico and Central America,” said Tom of his four-day experience in Los Angeles and Tijuana, “and how they often look to the U.S. as a beacon of hope to help them escape the misery in their lives — whether from poverty, violence, lack of education or lack of opportunity.”

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