In this interview, Noel Castellanos, founder and president of Camino Alliance, recounts his upbringing as the son of migrant workers, his experience of disenfranchisement as a young Latinx in Texas, and his first introduction to Jesus at a Young Life camp.
Learn how his personal life experience – and his experience working with poor and marginalized populations in the inner city of Chicago – has caused him to examine the immigration crisis from its sources, which include decades of political unrest, poverty, and economic destitution in other countries, along with the spirit that compels human beings to seek a better life. It’s also caused him to look at immigration and the idea of justice (“justicia” in Spanish) from a Biblical perspective. “God is for the outsider, for the embarrassed, for the scandalized, for the rejected and the ostracized,” he says.
Over the last 35 years, Noel has become a leading evangelical voice for the Latino community and has challenged the church to address our immigration crisis from a Christian perspective. His most recent book is Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center.
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