In 2009 a social worker from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service was referred to Jonathan Roiz, founder of The Hope Movement to assist in reconnecting Mauricio an immigrant boy from Mexico would was displaced and being deported. They were in search for his family so that he is not deported to the dangerous streets of his home town of Reynosa. Jonathan began his detailed search for connections in Mexico and on the boarder. Through a difficult search God lead him to some pastors who lived near the boarder and were willing to travel to Reynosa to search for the boys family.
Pastor Jose Iglesias with Grace Lutheran Church in Arlington, Texas was able to get in contact with the community and obtain phone numbers for the minor's family, which were passed along to the facility where Mauricio was being held. The social worker met with the minor and he informed her that he was able to speak with his family.
The social worker from LIRS wrote Jonathan saying "I want to express my sincerest gratitude to you for helping to facilitate this mission. I greatly appreciate all of your time and kind assistance with all of my difficult cases. I do not know how to thank you and Grace Lutheran Church enough, but for the moment will leave you with the image of a boy who after 4 months of not being able to speak to his family or knowing of their well-being, and experiencing the fear of being detained by immigration, was finally able to communicate with his loved ones and will be able to return home to them. Without your assistance, this connection of families would have been impossible. The child's smile and display of relief truly portray the incredible work that has been done."
These are common acts of compassion that take place through The Hope Movement behind the scenes. Often humbly taken on without many even knowing it except for God. This is our heart, to answer God's call and be willing to say send me I'll go.