A Mexican Crossing Lines – The Reality of the Border Experience

sister parishThe Reality of the Border Experience

This Show was Produced on 1/19/2016

A Mexican Crossing Lines is a talk show produced on KPPP-LP FM Radio and broadcasts on 365live.com

Today we’ll be talking about the US-Mexico border with special guests:
Vicki Schmidt and the Rev. Terry A. Brandt

The trip was November 30-December 5 and six delegates from the Eastern ND synod spent days meeting people who have crossed into the US, listening to presentations by various groups and individuals who are assisting with the reception of migrants, visiting with border control officials at the fence, and reflecting on their calling as they returned to their lives back home.

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Vicki Schmidt: Co-founder of Sister Parish, Inc., which brings together communities of faith in North America with marginalized faith communities in Guatemala and El Salvador. In addition to that, Vicki is the founder of Abriendo Fronteras/Opening Borders, which brings delegations to the Texas-Mexico border to explore immigration into the United States, our government immigration system and its brokenness, and leads people to advocacy and action around these concerns.

She is the wife of the Rev. Peter Schmidt, currently the pastor at Golden Ridge Lutheran Church, Fargo, and is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to five grandchildren and 31 dogs! (One son and his wife are dog mushers!)

Vicki also spent time as Director of the Episcopal Migration Ministries refugee program for the state of North Dakota.

The Rev. Terry A. Brandt, Valley City, N.D., was elected May 11, 2014 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Brandt served as associate with the bishop of the ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod for six years before being elected.

Prior to serving as synod staff, Brandt was pastor of ELCA congregations in Minnesota — Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont, Clarkfield Lutheran Church in Clarkfield, and a two-point parish in Alberta. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1997 from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and a bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. Brandt and his wife, Kristi, a high school principal, have three children.
Information about the ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod, based in Fargo, is available at http://www.eandsynod.org.
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.

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