As the EFCA movement seriously embraces a multiethnic focus, we encounter complex issues. Virtually everybody agrees that the subject of undocumented immigrants is a quandary in the United States. The exact problem, however, is passionately debated. It is an issue that can be described in one word: messy.
Take the story of Juan and Maria Alvarado (their real names have been removed to protect their identities). Their patchwork life in their native Mexico consisted of working long hours at whatever jobs they could find. When their first child was born, crossing the border illegally seemed the most logical move for a better life.
After all, American companies were begging for workers. But a legal work visa took years to obtain, and the baby didn’t have years to wait for food, clothing and shelter. The Alvarados chose to slip into California, find jobs and start anew.
Soon, friends in their new land invited them to church, where Juan and Maria met Christ. Salvation changed their worldview, and not having legal documentation bothered them. So they entered the process to become documented, legal workers. Continue Reading…