AMMPARO Welcoming Network

Supporting synod members and congregational efforts to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees


AMMPARO is a commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.

A resolution adopted at the 2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly called for establishing an AMMPARO Welcoming Network to share information to help congregations welcome and support migrant children and their families.

The network is part of a broader ELCA Welcoming Congregations Network of AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities), which invites congregations to sign up to be welcoming congregations.

Welcoming congregations make a commitment to:

  • Welcome and minister to migrant guests and identify a contact person who speaks enough Spanish for basic communication.
  • Attend occasional meetings of the Welcoming Congregations Network in the synod for mutual support, fellowship and training.
  • Participate in conference calls about the current situation of migration of children and families and receive policy updates.
  • Advocate for public policy to positively impact the current immigration crisis.

The AMMPARO Welcoming Network has been showing documentaries about the Postville raid in 2008. The network plans to promote the synod plan for ICE raids and share information through a mini fair and workshop.

In addition, the network hosts the “NE Iowa Synod AMMPARO Network” Facebook group for anyone who wants to learn more about the AMMPARO strategy and share ideas for congregations to welcome and support immigrants and refugees.

Members of First Lutheran, Decorah, sit at an AMMPARO display table during the 2017 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday to write letters to Congress urging support of the DREAM Act.





To learn more or to join the AMMPARO Welcoming Network, send an email to the the synod’s AMMPARO Network coordinator, Paul Edison-Swift, or call 563-277-7421.


Join the NE Iowa Synod AMMPARO Network Facebook group.


Complete this fillable form to become an AMMPARO Welcoming Congregation.


Visit the ELCA AMMPARO web page.


AMMPARO resources.


LDR Team Responds to Mt. Pleasant Raid

The Statewide Lutheran Disaster Response Team is mobilizing to support families affected by the May 9, 2018, immigration raid at a concrete plant in Mt Pleasant, Iowa. The raid resulted in the arrest of 32 men originally from Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras, leaving behind wives and children. 


The LDR Team, organized by Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three Iowa synods of the LECA, is asking for donations to assist families with food and financial support.


Learn how you can help.


10th Anniversary of Postville Raid

May 11, 2018

Community and religious leaders and those directly affected by the Postville immigration raid of 2008 gathered May 11 in Postville for a 10th anniversary observance. Speakers at the event recalled their memories from the day when 389 workers were arrested, recognized the ways people reached out to help, and lifted up hope and a summons for people to unite for immigration reform so that this doesn’t continue to happen.