Who We Are
We are compassionate individuals committed to saving lives in the southern Arizona desert.
“When I look into the faces of the migrants we encounter, my heart begins to sink. When I see a smile across their faces, it is worth every moment of despair I have felt.”
Randy Mayer knew exactly where he was going in 1998 when he accepted a call to the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona. His family had lived in Albuquerque when Randy was very young, and his father had a fascination with the desert and the culture of the Southwest. Family vacations often brought the Mayers to Arizona to visit family and to explore the borderlands and Mexico.
Newly retired in 2006, pondering the future, Laurie Jurs attended the annual Border Issues Fair. She found Pastor Randy Mayer who introduced her to Shura Wallin and was immediately asked if she spoke Spanish or had hands-on medical experience. “I realized then and there the Samaritan work was serious business,” says Laurie.
MEET MORE SAMARITANS
Peg Bowden - Blogger Extraordinaire
Jaimie Brusstar - El Comedor Faithful
Sara Busey - Operation Streamline Go-To
Linda Cohen - El Comedor and Refugee Advocate
Barb Lemmon - Driver, Searcher, Recorder
Sharon Proctor - El Comedor Advocate
Sandra Rooney - Connector, Scheduler
Harry Smith - Connector, Water Dropper