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Join us on a journey of presence ministry in McAllen, Texas. Once the dates are confirmed for future trips, we will post those dates on this site. Read further to learn how our trips are structured: While in McAllen, we will serve with Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. We serve meals, make sandwiches, talk with legal asylum seekers and learn transformational stories.

Two ways to help people at the Texas/Mexico Border:

First way:  CLICK HERE TO DONATE ITEMS .  Your items will be shipped directly to volunteers at the Catholic Charities in Texas to be handed out at the Border.

Second Way: Interested in going on one of our Border Response missions? Join Rev. Nathan Arledge as he leads our next border experience.  Read details for trip below and then sign up to join our team by clicking on REGISTER FOR BORDER RESPONSE TRIP (we activate this signup link once trip dates are announced)If you would like to join Nathan on a future trip, contact Nancy Holmes at

Read further for estimated trip costs:

  • Airline flight: ranges $490-750 for flight (from Charlotte) – you book your own flight
  • Hotel: ~$75 per night – we reserve rooms  – you pay hotel directly at checkout
  • Trip supplies fee submitted at registration: $100 per person
  • Meals: you pay for your own meals

FLIGHTS: You will make your own flight arrangements to McAllen, Texas. We share NATHAN ARLEDGE’S ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE SCHEDULE so that you can line up a SIMILAR SCHEDULE whether you choose to fly the same airline from Charlotte or different. Once you have made your plane reservations, please send Nancy Holmes at your flight arrival and departure schedule so that she can share it with the group.

HOTEL: Our entire team will stay at the same hotel and we will have reserved rooms. We plan on getting a hotel within walking distance of airport or one that provides courtesy bus transportation from the airport.


Thoughts from Rev. Nathan Arledge: We strive to live into the commandment found in Leviticus 19:34, “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” As we live into being hospitable neighbors we not only fulfill this commandment but also what Christ says, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Come with us on this life changing experience.





Questions? Contact Nancy Holmes at



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