My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

My sole purpose in writing this letter is to ask all my fellow clergy who lead a congregation to take up a special collection for the migrants.

I was inspired by the Holy Spirit after reading the Thursday, June 27 article in the Del Rio News-Herald entitled “Manpower tops city’s spending on aid to migrants” by Karen Gleason.

Specifically, the part that inspired me was Val Verde County Judge Lewis G. Owens, County Commissioner Precinct 2 Juan Carlos Vasquez and County Commissioner Precinct 4 Gustavo “Gus” Flores having donated fuel and Vasquez and Flores also donating food they purchased. Owens, County Commissioner Precinct 1 Martin Wardlaw and County Commissioner Precinct 3 Beau Nettleton made cash donations.

All of these were personal donations, no county funds, no taxpayer monies were used. And this bears repeating, they were personal donations, no county funds, no taxpayer monies were used.

The city spent some money, but the actions taken by the current county court felt more personal and heartfelt.

So what I humbly ask, in Jesus’ name, is for clergy leaders to do at their next service, is to take up a special collection to be dedicated solely for the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition.

I haven’t done much since I retired as an active deacon five years ago, but like I said before, I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this letter.

So I ask once again in the name of Jesus Christ, that you ask your parishioners or congregation to be Good Samaritans, in a similarly personal and heartfelt manner as our County Court members.

I humbly ask that each and every one who reads this, to pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you to give generously for the good of our brothers and sisters in Christ, who have traveled hundreds of miles seeking freedom and liberty that we enjoy.

Finally, I ask that you let the Holy Spirit and your conscience be your guide.


Your Brother in Christ,

Deacon Roger Rodriguez

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The city council members have always done charity on Del Rioans' tax dollars instead of using their own resources which in my opinion is wrong. They should not force constituents to do something that they are unwilling to do themselves.

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