In recent years, millions of people across Latin America have been forced to abandon their homes due to political, economic, and social turmoil in their countries.
The challenges faced by migrants have been compounded by natural disasters and health crises such as that caused by Covid-19. In addition, as they arrive in neighbouring countries, many migrants face discrimination, racism, and abuse.
In our work in Latin America we recognised the importance of helping churches and Christian organisations in the region to build on their passion and commitment to help migrants. We wanted to equip the church with an even greater professionalism and technical tools so it could increasingly serve migrants in sensitive, informed and responsible ways.
This article explains how Tearfund formed an alliance with Fuller Theological Seminary to create a higher diploma, The Church's Response to the Human Mobility Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. Designed specifically for churches, local ministries, and Christian organisations in the LAC region, the diploma will train participants from these groups to be able to respond more effectively to the realities of human mobility.
The article also offers reflections about what the LAC cluster team has learnt so far through the process.
We hope this resource inspires and guides other colleagues and partners to creatively address migration concerns in their own contexts and consider how to sustainably strengthen the capacity of churches to respond with programmes and advocacy.