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Four ways your congregation can support children and families at the border
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How Your Church Can Assist Children in the Border Crisis

The issue of unaccompanied children at the border has caused great concern about the urgent need of the thousands of refugee children who have fled violence and poverty to seek a safe haven here in the U.S. The presence of these same children has also aroused feelings of resentment, hatred and xenophobia, as communities are divided over differing ideas about who their neighbors are. As people of faith, we are called to respond to these children with love and support. We must move away from a national conversation of hostility to one of compassion and justice that reflects our faith values. Here are four ways that your church can demonstrate hospitality to these children and their families:

1. Educate
At the root of hatred often lies misinformation. The key to overcoming this animosity is education and love. The issue of children crossing the border involves many moral and practical complexities. Below are several articles that help to explain what is happening in a clear manner. You can help by dispelling myths and educating others about the realities of the situation at the border.
2. Pray
This past weekend was an Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer for Unaccompanied Migrant Children organized by Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. People of faith throughout the nation held prayer services in support of the many unaccompanied migrant children currently in detention centers. A resource packet has been made available to individuals and communities with information to assist with planning worship services. Encourage your church or small group to keep these children and their families in their prayers. You can designate certain days to pray for them, include prayers for the children and families in your weekly services, or organize an interfaith vigil with other local congregations.
 
3. Organize
When one community is targeted, all others are affected. We must act in solidarity together as the church universal. You can be a witness to your faith by organizing the following events in your church:
  • Letter writing campaign: Help send a message to the children at the border to assure them that they have not been forgotten. Letter writing can be a great activity for Vacation Bible School, youth groups, Sunday School classes and small groups. The website theyarechildren.com has information about how to submit a letter, drawing or photo to a child.
  •  Donating money: The best way to help charitable organizations — especially when we are geographically removed — is to send cash. That allows them to apply the resources to where they are most needed, and it saves on the transportation and logistical challenges that come with in-kind donations. You can donate to relief efforts through Church World Service or your denomination's aid organization.
  • Donating supplies- While it is difficult sending supplies across several states, many groups are accepting donations of clothing, diapers and other supplies. For a list from the Texas Faith Center go here.
4. Advocate
Write to your representative or senators and urge them to support policies that protect children and families. If possible, meet with them or their staff. You can find their contact information at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov. You can also use social media options, such as Twitter, to let your elected officials know that you care about children, refugees and other vulnerable populations. Talking points and action alerts are available from a variety of immigration organizations.
Let us remember that we are called by our faith to protect the most vulnerable and welcome the stranger. These children are the strangers among us and how we respond to them reflects how we respond to Christ.
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