Mission & More
Border Servant Corps promotes and demonstrates justice, kindness, and humility through the intentional exploration of community, simplicity, social justice, and spirituality in the U.S./Mexico border region with full-time volunteers, border immersions, and community engagement opportunities.
We do this by:
- hosting volunteers to work and serve in social service agencies in Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX;
- providing opportunities for volunteers to learn and teach about social justice and work toward systemic change;
- supporting volunteers who live in intentional community, focusing on four tenets: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice, and Spirituality; and
- accompanying our sisters and brothers on the U.S. / México border.
Yearlong participants commit to personal growth and professional development through educational curriculum and service to the community in the following areas:
Addiction/Recovery ● Advocacy/Public Policy ● Children & Youth Engagement ● Community Development ● Domestic Violence ● Education ● Employment ● Environment ● Food/Hunger ● Gender Equality ● Health Care ● Housing ● Immigration ● Law/Legal Assistance ● LGBTQ Equality ● Refugee Services ● Senior Services ● Supporting People with Disabilities ● Workers’ Rights
Affirmation of Welcome: Border Servant Corps seeks to live out a vision of service, faith, and caring, imagining a world where peace and justice are pursued through non-violence, honoring each other and the earth we share. The vision of faith contrasts with what often seems to be prevailing expressions of violence and oppression through which power and control are gained and maintained. BSC draws inspiration from Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?
Commitment to Inclusion & Non-Discrimination: Border Servant Corps rejoices in the richness of diversity as expressed in various lifestyles, ages, cultures, political involvement, educational experiences, and faiths. We support, affirm, and challenge one another in a community living setting.
Reconciling in Christ: Border Servant Corps is a ministry of Peace Lutheran Church, a Reconciling in Christ organization. As a community of God, we are called to minister to all people of our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place. Our world is a place of alienation and brokenness; Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness. We are challenged by the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society. Because gay and lesbian persons are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church, we wish to make known our caring and concern. It is for this purpose that we affirm the following (language used from Reconciling in Christ materials):
- that gay and lesbian people share with all others the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
- that gay and lesbian people are welcome within the membership of this congregation (organization or synod) upon making the same affirmation of faith that all other people make; and
- that as members of this organization, gay and lesbian people are expected and encouraged to share in the sacramental and general life of this organization.