This past weekend, hundreds of individuals gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border for “La Posada Sin Fronteras,” an event held each year at Christmastime at Friendship Park along the San Ysidro/Tijuana border. “La Posada” is a tradition that has been celebrated in Mexico going back as far as 400 years, where people go from door to door asking for lodging and being denied, recreating the journey of Joseph and Mary.

The yearly gathering brings people on both sides of the border together (or as close as they can get) to share stories, pray, sing songs and remember those who have died crossing the border.

PLNU has been involved in the event since 2002, but this year, PLNU’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, led by Dr. Jamie Gates, took on a leadership role as a part of the event’s community committee. Two PLNU alumni and two students also served on the leadership committee.

“Beginning this year especially, [La Posada] is becoming more of a teaching and discipleship tool on campus,” said Gates.

As well as gathering at the border fence and attempting the touch hands through the metal fence, participants sing songs and light luminarias, brown paper bags each housing a candle. The week before, over 200 luminarias were decorated at PLNU’s Roots of Giving Fair. The bag were distributed on the U.S. side of the fence and used to pray for families that had died during their journeys of migration.

Enjoy these photos taken by PLNU associate professor of Spanish, Dr. Scott Bennett.





















To see even more photos, check out Bennett’s full album.


Read about La Posada through the perspective of Lucy Rojas, a PLNU student.

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