Meet a Dreamer
One of the beautiful parts about working with Destino is getting to know and love undocumented students, otherwise known as “Dreamers”. They are beautiful, wonderful, talented youth who were brought to the U.S. by their parents and now have an illegal immigration status. As a result they have no legal future here in America, until the laws are changed. In my time in Destino I’ve had many of them into my home, led them in Bible study, and counseled them how to ask girls out. They’ve become a part of my family.
For many people, Dreamers are just a statistic. They represent law. They don’t have a face, they don’t have a story. This saddens me. I believe one of the best things you can do is to get to know Dreamers personally. Eat a meal with them, listen to them, cry to them, help them.
One of the first steps you can take is to begin to understand their situation. Al Jazeera has a new program this fall, “Activate”. They follow social activists around the globe telling the stories of what they are fighting for. One of the first episode is about Viridiana Martinez, an undocumented student from North Carolina. This is her story:
After you watch the episode I encourage you to pray about what God would have you do next. For me I feel that this is the Civil Rights issue of our generation. I’m ashamed for how white evangelicals responded in the 1960′s and don’t want to make the same mistake again.
I pray that as you get to know Dreamers you will be moved to empathy for them. As one of the students says in the episode,
Sometimes we have to go further than empathy and put it into action.
I pray that Destino will be a movement on the side of Dreamers.