Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
The news if full of stories of the immigrant children who have arrived over recent months at our nation's southern border. Approximately 1,000 of these children are in "our backyard," in Nogales, AZ, and recently a contingent of United Methodist clergy traveled to Nogales to learn more about these children and to determine what actions we as followers of Christ could take. They found that the youngest child in the holding facility is a newborn and the oldest is 17 years old, they are all unaccompanied minors. They have left countries where violence and poverty is their only reality, usually they have been brought here by human traffickers, and they are being "processed" at the border.
Many say, "they are not ours," but as Christians we must recognize they are God's children and we are God's and thus we are family. Please check out their story, our call to conscience as Christians. The article "1,000 children" (click link below) is written by the Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, of the Desert Southwest Conference. One call to action is that we be united in prayer regarding these children and their future, an intentional weekend of prayer was held from sunset July 18 to sunset July 20.