Is my Daddy a bad person? LUCHA Ministers to Families in Times of Crisis

  “Is My Daddy A Bad Person?” By Sue Smith, Executive Director It was a beautiful fall day, and Eduardo*, his sister Yessenia*, and I were sharing Happy Meals and Chicken McNuggets. We were on our way home from an all-day trip to Farmville, Virginia, where I had taken the kids to visit their dad […]

Many Ways to Welcome Immigrants Campers at Passport support ministry efforts among immigrants

The camp offering from Passport Camps this summer will go to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship work in the Rio Grande Valley, to Touching Miami with Love in Miami, Florida and to Virginia-based LUCHA Ministries.  “We’re honored to be featured by Passport,” says Sue Smith, Executive Director of LUCHA. “We’re glad to have had a part in […]

A Beloved Community Project Adelante helps families move forward

During the height of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke about the idea of the Beloved Community. This type of society wasn’t based on unattainable ideals but could be achieved by the love of neighbors and promoting American principles of equality and justice. It was a place where everyone was valued no […]

7 Pasos para Seguir Adelante Community Give #give15

En LUCHA, creemos que cada persona tiene valor. Proyecto Adelante empodera a las familias para mejorar sus vidas. 7 pasos que avancen a las familias: 1. Aprender una habilidad Nuestras familias han aprendido primeros auxilios, computación, crochet, pintura, química y la fabricación de jabón. 2. Aprender una idioma Nuestros familias asisten las clases de ingés,  […]

Our God is Undocumented Book Review

Book Review  Our God is Undocumented is a “bifocal approach” to the issue of immigrant justice and migrant ministry in North America.  Ched Myers’ odd-numbered chapters offer biblical reflections on immigration, while Matthew Colwell’s even-numbered chapters narrate profiles of women and men involved in the struggle for immigrant justice.  The authors contend that, in Christ’s […]

Backpacks of Love Supplies keep immigrant kids in school

It’s amazing what one backpack can do. Since LUCHA began 11 years ago we’ve supplied Latino children  with school supplies. With dropout rates for Hispanic youth still more than triple that of white children and 4% more than black children in Virginia, even a simple Spiderman binder or Princess notebook can build kids’ self-esteem and […]

Sick and Far From Home Helping immigrants navigate health care

In 2012, Maria, an immigrant from Honduras became sick. No one was sure what was wrong as the young mother began to lose weight, eventually getting down to just 80 pounds. Before hospitalization, Maria worked her day shift at McDonald’s, putting in eight hour days without a break then walking 30 minutes home. She continued […]

Dreamers at the White House Antonella's Story

Antonella Membreno is the classic college student. She Snapchats her friends funny photos, studies for classes at Bluefield College and works at her part-time job as a hostess. But, despite seeming like a typical American teenager, Antonella has overcome obstacles just to live a normal life. When Antonella was 9-years-old she moved to the United States […]

What are you doing after graduation? New intern: Ashleigh's story

What are you doing after graduation? Before the end of my senior year in December, the question lurked behind every final exam and senior project. I’d checked off every box. I was finished. So how did I find myself 1200 miles and 20 hours away from everyone I love, sitting in the office of a […]

Irene’s Story LUCHA reunites Peruvian woman with family

“I can’t imagine being in another country without any family, with no one caring where I am. I can’t imagine being that alone in the world.” -Sue Smith, Director of LUCHA Ministries, Inc. Irene Calderón is 78-years-old with a face full of sun-warmed wrinkles and a voice that lilts like music. “Ma-mitaa, cómo esta niñaa,” […]

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