For 24 years, Pastor Hector Silva has been running a shelter home for refugees in Mexico who are seeking asylum or work in the United States.
It was built to hold 150 people, but it often holds hundreds more than its limit, he said.
“We are the one home that does this. There aren’t any others. We help the families who are seeking refuge in the U.S.,” he said.
As refugees and migrants flee their countries in hope of finding refuge and work in the U.S., they face a difficult and dangerous journey.
To help these people, Silva founded a shelter near the border, Senda de Vida Casa del Emigrante, he told The Christian Post. In English, the name means “Way of Life Immigrant House.”
As part of his ministry, he gives people fleeing their home countries a place to stay and hear the Gospel.
“I founded the shelter because I have a heart for families, people and the homeless,” Silva said.
Right now, the 12,916 square foot shelter holds 540 people, Silva said.
Thirty-five of its current residents are children.
“We report the children [who arrive alone] and find all of these issues. If they’re here, we find the time necessary to help,” Silva said.
Most of the shelter’s residents are from Spanish-speaking countries including Venezuela, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Cuba, he said.
Others come from as far away as Uganda, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Most want to enter the U.S.
A majority of people who’ve sought refuge at the shelter speak Spanish, Silva added. For those who don’t speak Spanish, Senda de Vida employs a translator.