Global Missions Sunday Is September 9
Brianna Melhorn, a very special speaker, will join us on September 9 at 9:15am for the Adult Sunday School Class to share her experiences working in a border immersion program in El Paso, TX.
Brianna, a Manheim Township alumni as well as a former Spanish Immersion student, is a junior at Temple University double majoring in Global Studies and Spanish with a minor in Arabic. In 2017 Brianna studied abroad in Costa Rica through a Spanish Immersion program at La UNA, the state university. During her sophomore year she was accepted into a Border Immersion Program the led her to an assignment in El Paso, Texas. Prior to the experience, she took classes to understand the realities of immigration in southern border cities. Last March during her Border Immersion experience, she visited health clinics, met with Border Patrol agents, federal judges, immigration attorneys, and local non-profit organizations such as La Iglesia Cristo Rey.
Throughout her time in El Paso, Brianna had the opportunity to see the U.S./Mexico border herself and gain first-hand experience in the complexities of the border system. After returning to Philadelphia, Brianna and fellow classmates held a “Learning without Borders” gala to educate those in the Philadelphia area on the realities of the immigration system. All profits from the event went to support a summer school program, attended mainly by immigrant children, in the El Paso community. Currently, Brianna is working as a law clerk at the firm of Marcia Binder Ibrahim, which specialized in immigration law. Throughout this past summer, she has been to the York County prison for court hearings and to translate for several of the Law Firm’s detained clients. Ultimately, Brianna aspires to go to law school to pursue her goal of becoming an immigration attorney.
We hope you will join us on September 9 to hear Brianna share her experiences in El Paso.