Welcoming the Stranger, Who is My Neighbor?

Today's Urban Renewal Network along with the Grove Community Church hosts a discussion with World Relief and Matthew25 on immigration and more!

Time: 5:30-8:00 pm April 26th
Location: The Grove Community Church
19900 Grove Community Dr., Riverside CA 92508
Meet in the chapel- refreshments will be served


Guest Speakers:
Matthew Sorens: Matt is the US Director for Church Mobilization for World Relief, Author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice Compassion and Truth on the Immigration Debate and his most recent book Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

Matthew 25 leaders, Robert and Erica Romero: Robert and Erica are the co-chairs of M25 SoCal. Matthew 25 is a non-partisan movement of Jesus followers who have pledged to protect and defend the vulnerable in the name of Jesus.


Pastor Noé Carias returns from March 29, 2018 check-in!

Pastor Noe returns from his check-in, and we rejoice that he will continue to be with his family this Easter. Let the prayers continue for many other immigrants, TPS and Dreamers! 

Read media articles on the Matthew 25 prayer and fasting vigil

#36hoursofprayerandfasting #holyweek#semanasanta

Vigilia de oración por los inmigrantes. Prayer vigil for immigrants. 03/28/18 #Mateo25 #M25 #UnaVozEvangelicadelSurdeCalifornia #PastoresValiente https://www.matthew25socal.org
VIGILIA A FAVOR DE NUESTROS INMIGRANTES EN EL EDIFICIO FEDERAL "Así brille vuestra luz delante de los hombres, para que vean vuestras buenas acciones y glorifiquen a vuestro Padre que está en los cielos." Mateo 5:16 Que la luz de amor brille en medio de las tinieblas del odio y la discriminación.

Public prayer vigil and accompany Pastor Noe Carias! 36 Hours of Fasting and Prayer/ 36 Horas de Ayuno y Oración!

Support Pastor Noé Carias for his ICE check-in at public prayer vigils! Join us for 36 hours of prayer and fasting!

We will hold a public prayer vigil in front of the ICE federal building on 300 N. Los Angeles St on Wednesday March 28 at 9 am-12 noon and Thursday March 29 at 8 am-12 noon as we accompany Pastor Noé Carias to his ICE check-in. 

We also will be praying from Wednesday, March 28th at 9:00 am to the end of Thursday March 29th at 9:00 pm.

A thousand thanks for all the support.
United Committee of evangelical organizations

Wednesday, 28 March 9 a.m

Thursday, 29 March 8 a.m.


Matthew25 Vision Training

We will be discussing Matthew25's direction for the upcoming year. Contact Vanessa Martinez for more information: info@matthew25socal.org

If you are interested individually or as a church to join us in protecting and defending our immigrant sisters and brothers at this crucial time, register HERE for our So Cal training on Saturday, January 27, 2018. You will receive training details upon registration.

Si esta interesado individualmente o con su iglesia ser parte en defender y caminar con nuestra gente inmigrante en este momento importante, regístrese AQUI en español para el entrenamiento el sábado, 27 de Enero, 2018. Recibirá detalles del entrenamiento al registrarse.


Saturday January 27, 8:30 AM- 1 PM

Lake Avenue Church
393 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA

Matthew 25/ Mateo 25

Greetings Friends,

Matthew 25 So Cal has had amazing events take place in the last couple of months. We had a great turnout during our August 23rd leadership retreat. Over 40 volunteer leaders came out - giving up a full day of work! We shared ways in which Matthew 25 So Cal can continue impacting our community in Southern California to stand and defend the vulnerable in our midst. Also many of you rejoiced with us as Pastor Noe Carias was released from immigration detention and reunited with his family, church and community where he belongs! Matthew 25 / Mateo 25 is made up of hundreds of Southern California evangelicals who believe that we should be speaking up to defend the vulnerable in the name of Jesus! If you believe that evangelicals should be doing more in this moment:DONATE TO THE WORK OF MATTHEW25!

Thank you for all of the prayers, donations, Christian witness at vigils, trainings and delegations, sharing posts via social media; and for the hundreds of volunteer hours that this movement has already given! In the midst of much painful news, your involvement is an inspiration to many.
Saludos compañeros,

Han acontecido cosas maravillosas en los últimos meses en Matthew 25 So Cal. Más de 40 líderes asistieron al retiro de liderazgo el 23 de Agosto por todo un día! Compartimos maneras en que Matthew 25 So Cal siga impactando nuestra comunidad del Sur de California para caminar y defender al vulnerable entre nosotros. Igualmente, muchos de ustedes se regocijaron con nosotros por la noticia de la liberación del Pastor Noé Carias del centro de detención y esta nuevamente reunido con su familia, su iglesia y su comunidad donde pertenece! Matthew 25 / Mateo 25 esta compuesto por cientos de voluntarios evangélicos del Sur de California quienes creen que debemos caminar y defender al vulnerable en el nombre de Jesús! Si crees que los evangélicos deben hacer más de esto en este momento: HAZ TU DONACION AL TRABAJO DE MATTHEW25!

Gracias por las oraciones, donaciones, apoyo en las vigilias, entrenamientos y delegaciones, compartir en los medios sociales; y por cientos de horas de voluntarios que el movimiento ha dado hasta hoy! En medio de tantas noticias dolorosas, tu contribución es una inspiración para muchos.



Matthew 25 So Cal is thankful for the release of Pastor Noe Carias from the Adelanto Detention Center on September 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm, where he had been detained since July 24, 2017.

Pastor Noe Carias rejoins his family, community and congregation, to continue fighting his immigration case.

The broad network of evangelical and other faith leaders who have been supporting Pastor Carias commit to continue their support of and advocacy on behalf of Noe Carias and others facing deportation.

Pastor Noe’s release was made possible by the hundreds of Matthew 25 So Cal volunteers who prayed for the family and for ICE leadership, made phone calls and sent letters to ICE to advocate for his release, visited their local legislators to share his story and ask legislators for help with his case and walked with the Carias family providing spiritual, financial and emotional support during the time Pastor Noe was in detention.

Simply put the Body of Christ came together to walk with the vulnerable and stood by them to ensure justice was done.

However, there are thousands of families in our churches and communities throughout this country who are living in fear of family separation and the evangelical church needs to stand with them until our immigration system is changed and we have effective, logical and humane policies.

Pastor Noé Carias has been released!


We are thankful to share the great news that Pastor Noe has been released from the Adelanto Detention Center on Thursday, September 21st, 2017! We have YOU to thank for your prayers, witness during vigils and advocacy on behalf of Pastor Noe and his family.

Please join us on Friday, September 22, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Maywood located in 3759 E. 5th Street, Maywood, CA 90270 to celebrate being reunited with his family and his community where he belongs.
In Christ,

The Matthew 25 So Cal Team


Hispanic Evangelical Leaders and Evangelical Dreamers, crying out for justice on
the anniversary of the cry for justice that Hispanics remember as the “Grito”
(from the historic struggle against Spanish rule.) This press conference will
highlight a “Declaracion” signed by Hispanic evangelical leaders from throughout
Southern California. Dreamers will share their hopes and prayers. Evangelical
leaders will pray for, anoint and bless Dreamers.

WHEN: 10:00am, Friday September 15th

WHERE: In front of Payton Hall, Fuller Theological Seminary (largest evangelical
seminary west of the Rockies.)135 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena CA 91182

WHO: Hispanic Evangelical Dreamers from different schools, Hispanic Evangelical
Leaders representing Centro Latino, Fuller Theological Seminary, Mateo
25/Matthew 25 SoCal, COPALA, La RED de Pastores y Lideres Latinos del Sur de
California and the Southern Pacific District of the Assemblies of God.

Evangelicals are known for supporting President Trump. However, when it comes
to immigration issues, Hispanic evangelicals (who make up a growing percentage
of the evangelical church in the US and of the Hispanic community worldwide)
have a different perspective. We have Dreamers in our midst who are our
children and the pride of our community; we stand by them and for them in the
name of our Lord and Savior Jesus – who said in Matthew 25 that when we
welcome the stranger, we welcome Him and when we reject the stranger, we
reject him. The “Declaración” is a statement by evangelical leaders throughout
Southern California designed to let our community and nation know where we
stand. We pray for justice for all of the Dreamers and for all immigrants caught in
an immigration system that is ineffective, illogical and inhumane.

Press Contacts:
Pastora Ada Valiente, mavaliente@live.com, 909-472- 4593
Dr. Robert Chao Romero, robertchaoromero@gmail.com, 626-437- 1477


Dreamers evangélicos y Pastores/Profesores Evangélicos clamando por la justicia
en el aniversario del Grito Mexicano. Presentamos una declaración, firmada por
líderes Hispanos Evangélicos en el Sur de California. Dreamers evangélicos
comparten sus esperanzas y oraciones. Oramos, bendecimos y ungimos los

CUANDO: 15 de septiembre, 10 de la mañana

DONDE: En frente de Payton, el Seminario Teológico Fuller (seminario evangélico
más grande de la región oeste del país) 135 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena CA 91182

WHO: Dreamers evangélicos, Lideres de las instituciones e iglesias Hispanas
evangélicas, incluyendo el Centro Latino del Seminario Fuller, Mateo 25, La Red
de Pastores y Líderes Latinos del Sur de California, COPALA, y el Distrito del Sur de
California de las Asambleas de Dios.

Se conoce las iglesias evangélicas por su apoyo al presidente Trump. Sin
embargo, los evangélicos Hispanos no tenemos la misma perspectiva cuando
hablamos del tema de inmigración. Tenemos Dreamers quienes son nuestros
hijos e hijas, y representan el orgullo de nuestra comunidad. Caminamos con
ellos y les respaldamos, en el nombre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo quien nos dijo
en Mateo 25 que nuestras reacciones al inmigrante son reacciones a Él. Si
rechazamos a los forasteros, rechazamos a Jesús. Esta declaración anuncie
nuestra posición a la iglesia evangélica, a la comunidad Hispana y a la sociedad en
general. Oramos por la justicia para los Dreamers y para todos los inmigrantes
afectados por un sistema inmigratorio lo cual es ineficaz, ilógico e inhumano.

Contactos para la Prensa:
Pastora Ada Valiente, mavaliente@live.com, 909-472- 4593
Dr. Robert Chao Romero, robertchaoromero@gmail.com, 626-437- 1477



Los Angeles- President Trump has said that his immigration policy is focused on the deportation of people who are threats to public safety.  Why then has Pastor Noe Carias been detained?

Pastor Carias is serving a thriving evangelical church in South Los Angeles.  His wife as well as his 5 and 7 year old children are citizens. Pastor Carias has 25 year old deportation orders resulting simply from entering the U.S. without permission as a teenager.  His lawyer has filed petitions to remove those orders. Apparently, ICE is not even willing to wait for the court to decide whether Pastor Carias can stay in this country.  Evangelical Latino leaders joined by the interfaith community are committed to call on God and our government to release Pastor Noe Carias.  

WHAT:  Public Prayer Vigils to Ask for the Release of Pastor Noe Carias

WHEN:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday July 25-28. Tuesday and Friday, Mrs. Carias will be available for interview

TIME:  Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm. Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm

WHERE:  Tuesday-Thursday, Los Angeles Federal Building of USCIS. Friday, Pastor Carias’ Church: Iglesia Pentecostes Cristo la Roca de Poder, Asambleas de Dios

ADDRESS:  Tuesday-Thursday, 300 N. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Friday: 1925 Temple St., Suite 211, Los Angeles CA 90026

WHO:  Southern District of the Assemblies of God, COPALA, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California, Matthew 25, UNIDOS, CLUE, LA Voice

Media Contacts: Guillermo Torres, 323-228-2753 & Pastor Ada Valiente 1-909-472-5593

As Assemblies of God Southern District Superintendent Dr. Sergio Navarette states,  “Pastor Noe Carias is and has been a faithful and very active member, local church leader, and Pastor of the Southern Pacific District of the Assemblies of God for the past 23 years. It's our prayer, hope and desire for ICE to grant the stay of removal for him. He's married to Mrs. Carias, a US Citizen, and they both have two precious children. As their Superintendent, I've known Pastor Carias for many years and I can testify of his faithful service to God and to our Hispanic people for many years."