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“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. “ Deuteronomy 10:19
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
As Christians, we are called to welcome the strangers in our midst, sharing the love of Jesus with the world through our actions and words. We pray for the families—mothers, fathers, and children—who have been separated in recent weeks while seeking asylum at our borders. Many are fleeing for their lives from countries overrun by gang violence and other atrocities, feeling that they have no other option than to run to save the lives of their children. Anyone who has seen the news footage over the past several weeks will agree that this is a true humanitarian crisis, one which calls for Christians to act.
While the path that lead our country to this situation is long and complex, what is simple to understand is the impact on children and families.
At a special, called meeting on June 21st, the Mission Committee gathered to discuss the situation at our border and how best to respond to the crisis as a congregation. In addition to prayer, Doylestown Presbyterian Church will be sending $5,280 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to support the work they are doing at the border to help parents find their children and reunite, and to provide legal rights information and assistance to asylum seekers to be able to make their asylum claim. Our $5,280 of assistance represents the 5,280 feet in a mile. In helping to bridge that last mile of the journey to help reunite these asylum seekers with their children, we are fulfilling our DPC mission to be a bridge for Christ. We hope that this support from our congregation is the spark that ignites a greater response to help the stranger at our door.
The Mission Committee’s decision to support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) was based on three factors; (1) their ability to mobilize quickly and effectively, (2) their track record in providing disaster relief in places like Honduras, the Gulf Coast during Katrina and most recently Houston, TX and (3) our ongoing relationship as a congregation through various mission opportunities. PDA is facilitating the emergency and refugee program for the PC(USA). PDA works to enable congregations and mission partners of our denomination to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. If you would like to make an additional contribution to their work supporting asylum seekers and families at the border, you can visit bit.ly/DPCBorderSupport to make a donation through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, or make a check out to Doylestown Presbyterian Church with “PDA Border Support” in the subject line.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2