I want to be a Shepherd

"Compassionate Shepherds"  will partner with an Unaccompanied Child (UAC) to develop a relationship of trust, comfort, support, encouragement and spiritual guidance.

Many of these  children have lived in poverty, suffered abuse, witnessed violence, and endured a traumatic journey alone. They are the embodiment of "the least of these". A Compassionate Shepherd has a blessed opportunity to comfort and encourage these children.  We are so thankful that God has touched  hearts with a desire to show them His love and mercy and we hope many will decide to serve in the role of a Compassionate Shepherd. Below is a list of expectations to help you make an informed decision.

Compassionate Shepherds will

  • Meet with the child at least every other month

  • Ask appropriate questions about the child's life in his/her home country

  • Ask appropriate questions about the child's journey to the United States

  • Ask appropriate questions about the child's circumstances and experiences in the United States

  • Understand that the child has been through a traumatic experience 

  • Be patient if the child isn't comfortable sharing his/her story

  • Offer encouragement and support.

  • Offer to pray with the child and his/her guardian.

  • Complete a summary report of each meeting with the child for CIR and the appointed immigration attorney.

  • Accompany the child to his/her first immigration court hearing

  • Be reimbursed for their meals expense (up to $25.00) when accompanying the child to court

Compassionate Shepherds will not

  • Spend time alone with the child 

  • Make promises or speculations about the outcome of the immigration court proceedings

  • Offer legal advice 

  • Share personal opinions about immigration laws

Compassionate Shepherds may or may not

  • Speak Spanish (interpreters will be provided by CIR)

  • Become Financial Shepherds for their assigned child or another child

  • Accompany the child to their second and third immigration court hearings

We ask that you spend time in prayer and seek God's guidance in deciding whether or not to serve as an Compassionate Shepherd. Thank you and may God bless you in your journey.



Compassionate Shepherd

Matthew 18:10-14
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven... If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

God Calls Each Of Us To Love The Immigrant     

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