La Posada Providencia Is…
La Posada a shelter for refugees and immigrants. It is in San Benito, Texas. The address here is La Posada Providencia, 30094 Marydale Road, San Benito,TX 78586,
The La Posada answers the biblical call to “Welcome the Stranger.” See their web site for inspirational insight into their services, https://cdpsisters.org/la-posada-providencia)
Their web site indicates that La Posada provides a safe, nurturing environment to immigrants, asylees, and asylum seekers who have come to the United States seeking safety, protection, and a better life. All shelter residents are in the process of seeking legal refuge in this country. La Posada has welcomed people from more than 70 different countries.
La Posada's Extended Goals
On the web site, you will read that their goals extends beyond shelter to helping their clients adjust quickly to United States’ culture. Clients participate in life skills and English language lessons and receive personalized case management and transportation.
I teach English as a second language under the guidance of Sister Therese of The Convent of the Holy Spirit from Ireland. My main tasks are involved in helping to offer these extended goals. Each day clients are offered the opportunity to learn English and are exposed to the culture in the United States.
Our lessons this week included prepositions denoting position. Students learned to read and understand such prepositions as: at, across, in, on across, under, below and above.
Since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday was this week, we learned why our country celebrates his birthday as a national holiday.
Like those who marched with Dr. King, my prayer is that these new citizens of the United States will “overcome some day.”
To Think About
As noted above, the English lessons I taught this week were in part the prepositions of position. “On and In,” the concepts in these small words were part of a study from an E. Stanley Jones’ book, The Way to Power and Poise. “On” also showed up as part of the United Methodist Women Daily Prayer Calendar and Bible Reading Guide. These resources helped me to realize the difference between “on and in” as they relate to the Holy Spirit.
When Samuel anointed the shepherd boy David as king, the Spirit came on him for the task of his kingship. However, in the New Testament we have the truth that the Holy Spirit is in us.
The Bible tells about the difference the experience of Pentecost made on Jesus’ disciples. With the Holy Spirit in, they became contagious Christians transforming the world.
The Holy Spirit precipitates a crisis! The Holy Spirit convinces of us sin, not believing and not making Christ the center of our lives. Convinces us of righteousness, the righteousness we might have had if we had totally surrendered and walked our way, in the Way.
Let’s praise God that because of Jesus on the cross, evil met its match and is defeated. “The ruler of this world is judged.”
On our way, in The Way, let’s pray for immigrants and refugees!
Consider sending gifts and donations to La Posada Providencia (address above).