Moravians are prayerfully considering ways to respond to the increasing number of “unaccompanied children” crossing the southern border of the US. Many of these child refugees are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, countries plagued with violence from drug trafficking. The Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has connected some of the children with relatives in the US, some in foster care, and some in detention centers. The children then appear in immigration court. Many risk deportation and a return to the violence they have fled. There are Moravian churches in some of the regions of greater impact by this humanitarian crisis.
Both the Northern and Southern Provincial Synods recently passed a resolution regarding “Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras.” This resolution acknowledges the special relationship shared between the Moravian Church in North America and the Moravian Church in Honduras. It urges pastors and leaders to “give voice to the Hondurans’ plight.” It calls the members of our congregations to awareness and education of how consumption of illegal drugs in our country contributes to this violence as well as addressing government policies that impact our brothers and sisters in Honduras.
In a recent letter to congregations and members of the Moravian Church in North America, Rev. Judy Ganz reminds us that we show God’s love when caring for those most vulnerable among us. She points to conversations shared with the President of the Honduras Province of the Moravian Church, Rev. Harlan Macklin. Brother Macklin acknowledges the increasing number of street children and single mothers in need of aid to care for their children. Many drug traffickers take advantage of this situation-making the killing and abuse of children and youth common. He encourages us to work for justice on behalf of our sisters and brothers in Honduras.
We are given a glimpse of God’s dream for all God’s children found in the words of Amos 5:24- “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Now, let us do justice.
- Pray. Pray for all those impacted by violence, as well as those responding with supportive care and action.
- Give. Church World Service provides spiritual care, legal representation, shelter and other basic needs for refugees.Your generosity will help support their response to the crisis of unaccompanied children and families.
- Stay informed. Consider following some of the organizations actively involved in this work: Board of World Mission, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, 4 Welcoming WSNC, Refugee Council USA, PCUSA
- Raise awareness. Share what you know with friends, family and community. Advocate for government policies that address this crisis.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more and we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” – Ephesians 3:20-21