The news has been filled with pictures and news of a humanitarian crisis in our own state. On the Texas border with Mexico, there are thousands of children who have traveled from all across Central America seeking asylum. This issue has become politically charged in recent days, but the fact of the matter is this…we are facing an opportunity to “embody grace as we receive it to those who need it.” There is a time and place to discuss politics and US policies, but now is the time to act in Christian love to help children and families who are in desperate need at our borders. Jesus made it clear, “I was hungry, thirsty, naked, in prison and you fed me, gave me drink, clothed me, and visited me. As you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.”
So, what can we do to help?
- First, we can never underestimate the power of prayer. Pray for the children, parents, agencies and our government. Pray that God will give clarity. Pray for sustenance for those in need. Pray that God will also be at work within the countries these children and families are fleeing.
- The Texas Annual Conference Hispanic Ministries Committee will host a prayer vigil at St. Luke’s Gethsemane Campus on Tuesday, July 15 from 5-10 p.m. (6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, 77074). They are inviting everyone to pray that God will intervene to give wisdom and the courage to respond appropriately as the church; for protection and care for these vulnerable families and children; and for wisdom and courage for the leaders of our nation. You can stop by anytime to pray between 5-10 p.m.
- Second, you can assist financially. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is involved with churches on the border especially impacted by this crisis. You may donate financially to help churches on the border minister to these children and families affected. If you are here in Houston, you may make your check out to “Chapelwood UMC” (11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024) and mark the memo line “UMCOR-Immigration Crisis” or you can go directly to the UMCOR website and read their plea and make a donation there.
I will ask our mission leaders to look at other ways Chapelwood can be the embodiment of grace in this need. But please don’t forget to pray. I truly believe God is deeply grieved at the suffering of children. Keep them in your hearts and prayers.