MercyWorks travels to Texas border to provide medical, spiritual support

Bringing “Border Patrol Appreciation Bags” after speaking with a Border Patrol agent
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Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 2:35 PM CST
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LINDALE, Texas (KLTV) - MercyWorks and a local medical team of 23 volunteers departed from Bethesda Clinic to serve people on both the US and Mexico side for a week in November.

The team in November was comprised of doctors, dentists and nurses and included individuals from Marvin United Methodist, First Baptist, CCF, Hideaway Lake Community and Green Acres Baptist Church.

“Your heart goes out to these people and you hear their stories of why they left and most of the time it was some kind of violence that led to them seeking a better life,” MercyWorks director Debbie Lascelles said.

To date, 18 teams from Youth With A Mission Tyler have gone to the border this year providing more than $150,000 in hygiene kits, blankets, children’s supplies, underwear, Bibles, school supplies and more. In addition, MercyWorks medical teams have provided much-needed free dental care and medical check-ups.

During their trip in November, the team held a meeting one evening with a Border Patrol officer. He told them of the challenges the last two years have been. Now, Lascelles wants to give back to Border Patrol agents with “Border Patrol Appreciation Bags” filled with essential items including beef jerky, sunscreen, gum, gift cards, handwritten notes of appreciation, protein bars, mints, socks, etc. The cost of each bag is $50 and items will be assembled at YWAM Tyler to be distributed in person to each of the 600 border patrol agents in January.

“There’s a crisis on our southern border. Many of our Border Patrol agents feel overwhelmed and underappreciated. It’s past time that those of us living in Texas show them we are grateful for the job they’re doing to try and keep us safe and uphold the rule of law.” said Lascelles.

To contribute to Border Patrol Appreciation bags or to help assemble or distribute them contact Debbie Lascelles at 903-882-5591 or

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