The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Our congregations were invited by the synod Global Mission Team to participation in the ELCA Welcoming Congregations Network of AMMPARO in conjunction with our celebration on Companion Synod Sunday of the relationship the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod shares with the Metro D.C. Synod. Background and materials about becoming a Welcoming Congregation are available from . Joining the Welcoming Congregations Network is a powerful way to respond to God’s call in Matthew 25 – to welcome our Lord Jesus as he comes to us in the stranger.