Dear family in Christ:
Since Pastor Noe Carias was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday July 24th, many of you around the country have stepped up to help and advocate. We thank God for you!
However, he remains in detention. We need to escalate our activities in order to save him from deportation.
First, here is the background on Pastor Carias’ situation:
Pastor Carias is serving a thriving Assemblies of God church in South Los Angeles. His wife as well as his 5 and 7 year old children are citizens. Pastor Carias has three 25 year old deportation orders resulting simply from entering the U.S. without permission as a teenager. His marriage and his ministry could qualify him for legal residency but his deportation orders would have to be removed before those cases could be considered. His lawyer has filed petitions, but the process is long and complicated – Pastor Noe had been granted a stay of removal twice while his case winds through the courts. However, under the new Executive Orders, his stay of removal has been denied and he is facing deportation. ICE has said that Pastor Carias is a deceptive repeat offender – omitting that all his deportations happened when he was under 21 years of age.
We have been focusing on the members of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committee to advocate with Major John Kelly. However, since Major Kelly has been moved from Homeland Security to the White House, it really matters to reach out to the regional ICE Director, David Marin.
We have obtained a meeting with Mr. Marin for Monday August 7th. Director David Marin is a devout Roman Catholic. Between now and then, we need to pray for him and encourage him. He needs the courage to do what God has called him to do – to love mercy and do justice for Pastor Carias.
We are asking for letters of encouragement to be sent to Mr. David Marin at David.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are suggesting that in your letter you:
· Let him know you are praying for him
· Use a scripture and/or a quote from Catholic Social Teaching
· Ask for his release from detention and for a stay of removal.
Please also send a copy to an email account we have set up for that purpose –email@example.com. We plan to print the copies and have them hand-carried to Mr. Marin by someone he trusts to ensure that he will read them. Please send your letter by Friday August 4th at noon so that he will receive them before our meeting.
We deeply appreciate all that you can do for Pastor Carias, knowing that a victory in this case will encourage others.
Here are some Bible verses you might want to include in your letter and/or pray on:
Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them
The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
…and rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you.
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.
“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widower the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Please keep the Carias family in your prayers.
Thank you to all the amazing work of: The Free Noe Carias Team (Matthew 25 SoCal, COPALA, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California, LA VOICE, UNIDOS and CLUE)
Evangelical Assemblies of God Pastor with U.S. Citizen wife and children detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Evangelical and Interfaith Leaders Begin Ongoing Prayer Vigils and call on Government Leaders to Help
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.
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."
We've added Prayer / advocacy cards for Pastor Noe to be distributed to supporters. We plan to bring these cards to his ICE meeting to help his case during his meeting with ICE.
Download the Prayer / advocacy cards.
Please bring to your church and have them signed and returned by Friday July 21.
A GoFundMe has been created to support Pastor Noe Mayorga's legal fees. Donate today!
Dear Friends of Matthew 25:
We write to request your urgent support to stop the deportation of Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga. Although Matthew 25 helped Pastor Noe receive temporary
protection from deportation in April, he is scheduled to appear again before ICE. Unfortunately, Pastor Noe’s new petition to extend this temporary protection from deportation has been denied, and we need your help to convince immigration officials to allow him to stay in the country with his U.S. citizen wife and two U.S. citizen children. You can read more about Pastor Noe’s case on our website: https://www.matthew25socal.org/noemayorga/
Here’s how you can help…
1. Advocacy Cards: Have your church, small group, and friends sign advocacy cards on behalf of Pastor Noe. Advocacy cards must be returned by Friday, July 21st. You can scan your signed advocacy cards and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayer suggestions to write on one side of the card are the following: Malachi 4:6, Mark 10:9, Matthew 18:6; Psalm 103:13. You can pick up AND drop off hard copies of cards available at any of the following locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County:
- First Baptist Church of Maywood: 3759 E 57th St, Maywood, CA 90270
- Southern Pacific District, Assemblies of God: 614 S 5th AVE. La Puente, CA 91746
- Fuller Theological Seminary, Centro Latino, 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
- Knox Presbyterian Church of Pasadena: 225 S Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
- Immanuel Presbyterian: 3300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
- Biola University, Department of Sociology: 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638
- World Relief in Garden Grove: 13121 Brookhurst St # G, Garden Grove, CA 92843
- Templo Calvario: 2501 W. 5th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703
2. Pray: Please dedicate time to pray for Pastor Noe at church on Sunday, July 16, Sunday, July 23rd or anytime your service takes place and POST on social media (see sample below)
3. Give: https://www.matthew25socal.org/donate/
Your contribution allows us to cover Pastor Noe's legal fees
Thank you for your vital support in this historic moment.
Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero
Erica Shepler Romero
Pastors Melvin and Ada Valiente
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
Please sign our petition for noe mayorga!
Pastor Noe Mayorga is in jeopardy of deportation. He has been a pastor in the Assemblies of God denomination for six years, and is the devoted husband of a U.S. citizen and the loving father of two U.S. citizen children (ages 5 and 7). Pastor Mayorga has an upcoming check-in with ICE and, although he has a previous stay of removal, it is highly likely that he will be deported unless he receives widespread community support.
The petition will be sent to David Marin, Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, in Los Angeles.
-Southern California Matthew 25 Movement
Dear Mr. Marin:
We are writing on behalf of Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga, an Assemblies of God Pastor with the Southern Pacific District with 6 years of service to our community. He is married to Victoria Jesus Carias a US citizen with two citizen children Nylah Carias age 7 and Abraham Noe Carias age 5. He received a stay of removal in 12/10/2014 which has been extended 1 time on 02/03/2016. On 03/03/17, 1-130 Petition for Alien Relative was submitted and the petitioner is Victoria Jesus Carias his wife.
Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga is a blessing to his church, our denomination and the broader community. He is the father of a thriving family which would be devastated by his removal.
In the context of the prioritization of enforcement, it is important to note that Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga’s only violation was entering without permission as a teenager. He is now 42 and would have a qualifying case if his deportation orders were removed.
We pray that his contributions, his relationships and the negative impact on hundreds of lives of his potential removal would influence you to grant him a stay of removal and re-open his case.
May God bless you and give you wise discernment and a compassionate heart in your decision about Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga’s case.
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