Everyone deserves a place to call home. Most people reading this have one. We’ve taken it for granted. We’ve always had a home, and when we didn’t, we knew there would be people who would take us in and provide the shelter, safety, and care we needed. We also know that’s not true for everyone.
Two thousand years ago, a young couple suddenly couldn’t find a place to stay. No one would provide it. Their only shelter was a cave where the cattle were kept at night. Yet that’s where Jesus would enter this world. Soon thereafter, Jesus’ family had to flee to Egypt, eventually returning when it was safe to do so. God certainly cares about us having a place to call home, knowing it’s a basic human longing.
Our Love Offering this year worked toward that end. Thank you for your contributions! There are millions of displaced persons fleeing war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places. God doesn’t forget about them, and neither do United Methodists. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is still handing out health kits to those who find themselves in refugee camps. And the Minnesota Council of Churches’ Refugee Services is still helping to settle families in our state.
Addressing global refugees is guided by four principles:
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