The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global, in advancing our common mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.' Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world.
February: Immigration & Refugees
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 alien among us. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, "The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." 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.
This month, please pray for:
Week 1: Immigrants – documented and undocumented – who face stereotypes, prejudice, and persecution within the United States.
Week 2: Children who are separated from their parents because of their immigration status.
Week 3: Refugees fleeing violence, persecution, disaster, or poverty in their home countries.
Week 4: Elected officials who make important decisions regarding government policies on immigration.