I write with good news! Thanks to your prayers and advocacy efforts, and our critical partnerships with La Red, COPALA, CLUE, LA Voice, Fuller Seminary, the Assemblies of God, and dozens of other churches and community orgs, Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga is home with his family today. Although a final decision was not made on his case, he was released to his family this morning after his scheduled appointment with ICE. A decision will be made on his case in the next 3 months.
Although this wasn't the big victory we were hoping for, it does represent small but significant win. If it were not for the major community intervention, Pastor Carias Mayorga would most certainly have been deported today. In fact, we were told that he had a 90% chance of deportation.
I am reminded of Paul's words in the book of Romans:
"If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies." Romans 8: 31-33.
We still have significant work ahead, but we will celebrate God's victory today!
Grateful for you and all your faithful service to Jesus and the Carias family. Special thanks to Pastores Valiente and Rev. Alexia Salvatierra for leading us in this important community effort. Special thanks to the Matthew 25 So Cal Deportation Defense and Social Media Teams!
Robert and Erica