About Cristo Rey's Border Immersion Program
Welcome to the border, la frontera, where a fence punctuates the land, creating two worlds. Here at the intersection of cultures, languages and nations, you will encounter spiritual, emotional, political and justice issues that will change you forever.
Cristo Rey's Immersion Program considers border issues through a Christian perspective. As Christians, our reality cannot be separated from the lives of our sisters and brothers in Christ. Every individual has gifts to share and a need to learn.
The Border Immersion Program may be considered a reverse mission trip because the border and its people will teach and minister to your group. When you return home, you will have stories and reflections to share with family and friends.
The Border Immersion Program encourages participants to approach the week as learners, with the opportunity to serve and to be served. Participants study the social issues that effect this border area—a virtual microcosm of our world reality—and build relationships with the members of Cristo Rey and various social justice ministries in the neighborhood.
Since 1992, Cristo Rey has led Border Immersion Programs for numerous church, university and youth groups from across the country. While the program continues to evolve, our purpose remains clear: to provide exposure to the social issues that affect the border region and a cross-cultural opportunity for fellowship within a Christian context.
We ask that participants come with open hearts and minds, and with the willingness to be impacted. These experiences will strengthen your knowledge of God and your relationship with your neighbors, as together we strive for a greater understanding of the barriers that confront our sisters and brothers along the border.