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For thirteen years, Elizabeth Loza Newby, the daughter of Mexican-American migrant farm workers, lived with her family in the back of an Army surplus truck as they followed the annual harvest of cotton, sugar beets, strawberries, and other produce back and forth across America.
Within this minority subculture, Newby forged her own path despite the many obstacles presented by homelessness, poverty, discrimination, and oppression. That she was ultimately able to create a different life for herself is a testament to her strength and perseverance; that she is able to reflect on her experiences with equal measures of wisdom and compassion is a testament to her deep faith and love of family.
A Migrant with Hope is the story not only of her life as the child of migrant farm workers but also of her spiritual journey to a new life that allowed her to remain connected to and in service of other migrant families and communities.
"A Migrant with Hope is the intensely personal story of several journeys: the journey of a poor migrant Mexican girl and her struggles with oppressive work and abuse, the journey of her family through the perils and deprivations of poverty, and the journey finally toward achievement and happiness. Underlying these stories, however, is the greater story of her spiritual journey of growth and development as a person devoted to love and service to others."
—James A. Autry
Author of The Servant Leader and Looking Around for God
"The original edition of A Migrant With Hope was an important book when it appeared in 1977. This new edition is even more important. Elizabeth Loza Newby tells her story with even more honesty and with the wisdom she’s acquired in the past 42 years. This moving, truth-telling book needs to be read by every pastor, church leader, politician, and person of faith who is concerned about the plight of migrants in these dangerous times."
—J. Brent Bill
Author of Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality
"Elizabeth Newby is in the strategic position of one who has escaped the usual consequences of cultural deprivation sufficiently to be able to write about it but has remained close enough to her origins to be able to speak understandingly and with remarkable compassion and gratitude.
Her message is one of hope. The author is seeking to say to all who will read that it is possible to turn challenges into opportunities. By telling her story, she hopes not primarily to entertain or to shock but to encourage thousands of persons who are now discouraged. The story belongs, in one sense, to the literature of witness, but, in a far deeper sense, it belongs to the literature of hope."
—D. Elton Trueblood
Author and theologian