Migrant Workers Go to a Nighttime Charla

Migrant Workers Go to a Nighttime Charla

Charla (meaning chat) is a religious service held in the Baso camp in
Bonita Springs, Fla. each Wednesday evening from November to May. As the days get longer, the workers return later from the fields, so at 9 p.m., they are still cooking and cleaning up, as explained by news-press.com. Charla often starts after 10 p.m. and ends after 11:30 p.m.

Luis and Lulu Flores ring a bell to let the workers know the charla is about to begin. Run by volunteers with Los Hermanos Christian Brothers, the service of song, prayer, and talk is led by the Flores couple, often including a religious video.

Many migrant workers work on Sunday or they don't have a way to get to church, so the Wednesday night charla is the only service available. Attendance sometimes reaches 60 people.

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