On Feb. 11, President Trump was in El Paso to rally support for a wall separating Mexico and the United States.

On Feb. 22, Anyra Cano, a native of El Paso, spoke about bridges, specifically one that she fondly recalls traveling over every week to visit with her father’s relatives in Juarez. Trumps speech was political; Cano’s was theological.

“I’m thankful,” Cano said, “for those who had the vision to build the bridge.”


Anyra Cano

Cano is the Texas Baptist Women in Ministry coordinator and youth minister at Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Christo in Fort Worth. She spoke during the Women in Ministry conference held Feb. 22 at Hardin-Simmons University.

Cano spoke on “Creating Colorful Bridges” such as bridges of diversity and collaboration thta would “reconcile the world to Christ.” The literal bridge that Cano traveled every week with her family to visit with her father’s relatives in Mexico taught Cano many life lessons. That bridge connected her with a different culture and with people who spoke a different language. It taught her to empathize and it created in her a desire to advocate for justice.

An important thing to remember about bridges, Cano said, is that the two communities the bridge connects must be willing to build the bridge. The bridge starts on both sides, Cano reminded, and connects in the middle.

Bridges that span cultures, languages, and ideological and religious differences must begin with willingness on on both sides and meet in the middle, too. Those bridges aren’t crossed alone–God is walking alongside those willing to build and cross the bridge.

“There is good news,” Cano said, “there is hope.”

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