I know that many of you are concerned with what is going on at the border, and some have asked if there is anything we can do to assist asylum seekers, who are suffering in many ways. Though our little church is fully engaged right now with many other types of mission projects, if you want to render aid, you can help one of our sister churches in the conference in this very Christian cause. First Church Phoenix (1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) is the site for a drive-by drop-off of basic medical donations this coming Sunday morning. Here is specific information from the conference newsletter:
“The Immigration Task Force at First Church Phoenix invites everyone to drive through their parking lot On Sunday, March 21 from 8am-10am to drop off needed medical supplies and donations to assist families seeking asylum. The donations benefit One Hundred Angels, a local volunteer group that assists asylum seekers with basic medical care. Families making the long journey to the United States from South of the Border are exposed to extreme environmental conditions, experience poor nutrition, exhaustion, dehydration, and other issues that weaken their immune systems. Items might include Cough Drops, Vitamins, Pain relief (aspirin or ibuprofen), First Aid supplies (bandaids, Q-tips, wound care, lotions), Stomach relief (Anti-acids and over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication), Pediasure, Baby Formula, and Gallon-size ziplock bags.”
Our Bibles have a lot to say about how to treat our fellow human beings who happen to be the alien, immigrant, and stranger. In Leviticus 19:34 God 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: I am the Lord your God.” For an extensive list of Bible verses regarding the treatment and care of immigrants, please click here: https://sojo.net/22-bible-verses-welcoming-immigrants.
I rejoice with you as you continue to get vaccinated! That means we can soon start seeing one another’s wonderful faces in person once again!