community ENGAGEMENT: IMMIGRANTS
Scripture tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When a lawyer asks Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”. Jesus replies with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. (Luke 10:30-34).
St. Thomas, in partnership with the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN), works to improve the well-being of immigrants in our community. Parishioners teach citizenship classes, teach English to Spanish-speaking parents in neighborhood schools who want to help their children with their school work, advocate for families pursuing their legal rights, provide support services for workshops on navigating the court and legal system, help with fund-raising events for BIIN, and advocate for social justice. Contact Jan Hughes at for information on getting involved.
Volunteer Opportunities this fall with Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN)
St. Thomas Episcopal Church partners with BIIN to minister to the needs of immigrants in our community. Parishioners are engaged with BIIN in many different ways, including the three volunteer opportunities listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, you can find out more and sign up at the BIIN website: https://brazosimmigration.com . If you have any questions, you may also contact parishioner Jan Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979 777-3416.
English Conversation Classes at BIIN will resume on September 9, 2019 on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
BIIN's 10 week Citizenship Class will begin on September 14, 2019 and will continue every Saturday until November 16, 2019. English classes are from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM and Spanish classes are from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
English for Parents will start back up on October 2, 2019 at Neal Elementary on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. The program teaches English as well as helping parents navigate the school system.