At home and around the world, MCC and its partners are welcoming newcomers. We invite you to reflect on how you can join in God’s call to love and welcome some of the millions forced from home around the world.
Read these vignettes from our work:
- ‘I am so happy to get additional food’ - Ethiopia
- Withstanding winter’s chill - Iraq
- ‘You are my family’ - Canada
- Talking peace in the midst of war - Syria
- Legal assistance in the U.S. - U.S.
- Finding work without leaving home - Honduras
- Sent home... to a new country - Cambodia
- Dangers of displacement - Ecuador
“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
MCC at work: Migration and uprooted people
MCC reaches out to refugees and displaced people in times of crisis, supports newcomers over time and helps people find ways to support themselves without having to migrate. Some key current focuses include:
Africa: Meeting needs of refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda and reaching out to displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and South Sudan.
Asia: Addressing economic migration in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal and other countries through agricultural and job training programs helping people earn a living without leaving home.
Europe: Providing more than $2 million of assistance to displaced people in Ukraine, including through shipments of MCC comforters and other items.
Middle East: Meeting urgent needs of people uprooted from home by conflict in areas such as Iraq, Syria and Palestine and Israel.
Latin America: Working with refugees from Colombia, giving Central Americans alternatives to migration, accompanying migrants through Mexico, meeting needs of Haitians deported from the Dominican Republic.
Canada: Welcoming newcomers by helping groups that sponsor refugees as they complete applications, prepare for arrival and support families once they’re in Canada.
U.S.: Supplying legal assistance and immigration law trainings, offering opportunities to advocate for just immigration policies.
An invitation to reflect
“A wandering Aramean was my ancestor . . . . ” Deuteronomy 26:5
Food shortage, environmental disaster, climate change, poverty and conflict push people to move. Land, resources, jobs, family, health and education pull people to move. People move voluntarily, a choice made after weighing the pros and cons. People move involuntarily, forced by violence, human trafficking, ethnic cleansing.
In the Bible, the people of God were called to remember their story of migration. That remembering led to a call to safeguard the well-being of the widows, the orphans and foreigners among them (Leviticus 19:33-34).
migration stories from your own life, your family history, migrants you have met
the impact of migration
- on families
- on communities of origin and destination
- on levels of poverty and violence
What do these stories say?
How should Christians respond to migration?
How can we respond to the call to safeguard the well-being of people on the move?
This exercise is from People on the Move, an MCC migration exhibit that is available for loan by churches, conferences and other groups. To learn more or reserve the exhibit, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact MCC U.S. at 888.563.4676.
Speaking to government
Governments can extend assistance — or create obstacles — for people on the move both here in the U.S. and in other countries.
The MCC U.S. Washington Office offers resources you can use to advocate to lawmakers for U.S. policies in line with Christ’s call to care for the stranger. Learn more at washingtonmemo.org/immig.
Also, on May 22-23, U.S. congregations and individuals are invited to take part in Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia focusing on “Building peace from the ground up.” Your church can plan a time of worship in solidarity with uprooted people in Colombia and take action, encouraging peace with justice for all Colombians. Learn more at washingtonmemo.org/latin-america.