“As disciples of Jesus Christ we are to serve those who are most vulnerable,” writes the Rt. Rev. Terry White, Episcopal Bishop of Kentucky, in a statement released Friday, July 18. “Holy Scripture speaks specifically about aliens and foreigners as God’s people who are to be welcomed, treated, and respected.”
On Friday, July 18, Bishop White released a Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis unfolding on our border with Mexico as thousands of children try to enter the U.S . READ BISHOP WHITE’S STATEMENT
“The arrival of unaccompanied children and mothers with children from Central America to our borders is an opportunity for our nation, and especially the Church, to respond with the generosity, compassion, and acceptance God calls us to show the alien,” continues Bishop White, adding that “these refugees are fleeing life-threatening realities of hunger, violence including rape and sexual abuse, enslavement leading to human trafficking, and murder.”
Bishop White’s statement links us to the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and its appeal for assistance.
FROM THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF WEST TEXAS:
[T]he border is experiencing record numbers of people, primarily from Central America, seeking to enter the United States. Several cities within our diocese are at the forefront of these record numbers. If you have been following the news reports, you know that detention facilities are overflowing and needs are overwhelming. There are many community volunteers and government agencies attempting to deal with the situation. Many, many of those seeking to enter the United States are families or unaccompanied minor children. While U.S. Immigration policy remains stalled in Washington, human needs continue. That is where we come in….
The Diocese of West Texas is appealing for aid and monetary contributions.
EPISCOPAL MIGRATION MINISTRIES is also helping in this effort.
Bishop White’s statement also reminds us that “Additionally, in the land of Our Lord’s birth, death, and resurrection, refugees from Gaza are enduring great hardship.” To help the humanitarian effort there, Bishop White suggests EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT.