Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In February, we pray for immigrants and refugees and the United Methodist ministries that advocate for and support them.
Immigration is an issue with the power to deeply divide the Church. Yet God’s Word is clear on one aspect: no matter what side of the issue we fall on, we are to love the stranger among us. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, "When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” Similarly, the Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church states, “We call upon all United Methodist churches to welcome newly arriving immigrants in their communities, to love them as we do ourselves, to treat them as one of our native-born, to see in them the presence of the incarnated Jesus and to show hospitality to the migrants in our midst believing that through their presence we are receiving the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Immigrants and refugees are beloved children of God and they must be treated as such.