A group of evangelical leaders and megachurch pastors who serve as informal advisers to the Trump administration on Friday visited about 165 immigrant children who are being housed at a foster facility in Virginia and brought with them inflatable water rides, a Liberty University soccer clinic and lunch.
Immigrant children being cared for at the Youth for Tomorrow residential campus in Bristow, Virginia, were treated to fun and games and were also given backpacks, duffle bags, new soccer balls, toiletries and school supplies courtesy of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.
Prestonwood Pastor Jack Graham was joined by Bishop Harry Jackson, Pastor Jentezen Franklin, Pastor Paula White and evangelical author Johnnie Moore in spending the day with the children at Youth for Tomorrow’s 215-acre residential campus.
Youth for Tomorrow is one of over 113 foster facilities nationwide that have partnered with the federal government to take care of undocumented immigrant children while they’re processed and connected with family members in the United States or placed in foster care.
“You see the smiles on the kids’ faces and already their lives are turning around, it is clear,” Graham, whose church has been involved in trying to serve migrant children in Texas and other states, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
According to Graham, most of the children at the campus entered the United States as unaccompanied minors from Central American countries — most predominantly Nicaragua and Honduras. He added that most children are held at the facility for an average of about two months.
In speaking with the staff at the campus, Graham said that around 90 percent of the immigrant children there were trafficked into the country in some way.
“There are a lot of sad stories about how they’re here and why they’re here, the violence in which they came and their families,” Graham, a former Southern Baptist Convention president, said. “The coyotes who run for the drug cartels are very involved in this. That is the story that needs to be told.”
“Most of these children were sent here either by parents or family or they came as a result of the trafficking movement that is coming out of these countries,” he added. “It is a very bad situation. It is the trafficking that we need to stop.”
Graham asserted, though, that it’s still the call of the Church to help take care of these children even if they arrived in the country illegally.
For many of the children fleeing violence and gangs in their home countries, Graham said the treatment they’re receiving at Youth for Tomorrow is the best treatment they have ever received in their young lives.
While there has been much said in the media about the conditions in which some children are being held in detention, Graham assured that the children at Youth for Tomorrow are kept in homes — there are several on the large campus — not cages.
Graham stressed that the property was “beautiful” and “first-class.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post