On May 22nd, an arsonist set fire to two historic churches just a half block from the Frontera de Cristo office―First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. We consider First Presbyterian to be a partner in our ministry on the border. They graciously provide meeting space and meals for local meetings, and overnight accommodation to visiting delegations, and many of their members help lead delegations, give tours of the area, and offer us support to many of our ministries.
More than 100 years ago, four churches were built in the same city block in Douglas, Arizona, one on each corner―Grace Methodist (1902), St. Stephen's Episcopal (1903), First Baptist (1904), and First Presbyterian (1907). The churches were built for families moving here when the city was founded by the Phelps Dodge Corporation as the location for a smelter for the nearby copper mines. The architecture and furnishings of the churches reflect the period.
You are invited to join us in helping First Presbyterian recover from this devasting fire. Your prayers are appreciated, and your gifts will help to replace items that insurance may not cover.