Border Learning Tour gallery

Feelings ranging from almost despair to joy and hope summed up the experience of eight members of Hively who traveled to the border between Mexico and Arizona in August. Their goal was to learn more about the issues surrounding migrants and immigration. They visited several organizations that are working to help migrants and make life better so there is less reason for them to leave home in Mexico. The trip also included a visit to Frances and Peter Grill's farm in Arizona; Frances is a former member and both Frances and Peter were involved at Hively in the 1980s.

Jorge leads group
Jorge Vielman, Peace & Justice Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes, has been on several border learning tours and border walks, so he served as a leader and coordinator for this experience that included eight members from Hively and three from Southside Fellowship, another Mennonite congregation in Elkhart.

One of the organizations the group visited was Cafe Justo, which works to give new opportunities to people on the Mexico side of the border.

Group with Grills
The group visited with Frances and Peter Grill: Jamie Pitts, Amanda Fast, Charles Geiser, 
Winifred Saner, Mark Claassen, Frances Grill, Peter Grill, Sueann VonGunten, Leroy Saner. 
Jorge Vielman not pictured.

Working at Dougla Prieto Trabajan, an organization that assists poor neighborhoods.

Filling water tanks
Filling water tanks in the desert for migrants traveling north.

Saners serenaded
Leroy and Winifred Saner were serenaded on their wedding anniversary.

Sueann makes a new friend at Peter and Frances' farm where they raise camels and llamas.

Peace pole
A peace pole, similar to Hively's, stands in front of a mural that says Living always as brothers.

Photos by Leroy Saner and Mark Claassen.