Lord, please bless your children in the migrant caravan. Help them to find food for each day and a dry place to sleep at night. Guide their path, keep them safe, and bless those that give them sustenance. Amen.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matthew 25:25-36)
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49)
“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:5)
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34)
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. (Leviticus 19:9-10)
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)
Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt. (Exodus 23:9)
“As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name—for they will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name. (1 Kings 8:41-44)
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)
Article By Tamara Uribe
Don’t Dreamers Deserve to be Deported?
There is a common belief that if Dreamers would just “get their act together” and apply for citizenship, their problems would be solved, but because they have frittered away valuable time and not gotten their citizenship application turned in they deserve to be deported. However, if the solution to the Dreamers’ problem was as simple as just applying for citizenship, the vast majority of Dreamers would have done so by now and we would not be having this national debate.
What is a Dreamer?
Briefly, Dreamers are young people who were brought illegally to this country as minors. Under a policy call Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) young people who met certain criteria could apply for a deferment from deportation that was renewable every two years. They also became eligible for a work permit. Some of the most important criteria Dreamers had to prove to be eligible for the program was they could not have been convicted of a felony offense or a significant misdemeanor or more than three misdemeanors of any kind. In addition, they could not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
The program was risky for Dreamers because they would need to register for it, be vetted, and make their whereabouts known. But over 800,000 young people came forward, met the criteria, and registered. This was their chance to live a normal life in the only country they had every know and many of them were elated to seize the opportunity. But in September 2017 the Trump administration ended the DACA program, putting all registered Dreamers at risk of being deported.
Why Didn’t Dreamers Just Apply for Citizenship?
There are criteria every person who wants to apply for citizenship must meet, such as being able to speak, read, and write English and understand US History, among other things. But the most important – and the most difficult – criterion is the applicant must be a legal permanent resident (a green card holder.) There are only 3 paths open to apply for legal permanent residency:
1. A person can be admitted as a refugee or apply for asylum.
2. A person can be sponsored by an eligible employer.
3. A legal family member gains permission to bring someone to the US.
Of the above listed methods to gain permanent residency, being sponsored by a family member is usually the path for most people seeking citizenship. Unfortunately, most Dreamers do not have a family member who can sponsor them for permanent residency as their first step on the road to citizenship – that is why they have not and cannot apply for citizenship.
Stand with Dreamers
I think the most important thing to understand is that Dreamers came forward under DACA and proved they were upstanding citizens who had not committed crimes – they voluntarily came out of the shadows. Now they are easily identified and found. Because of their honesty, they now risk being ripped from their families and the only country they have ever known. They risk being forced to go to a country they know nothing about, a country where they don’t know the language, a country where they don’t understand the customs, a country where know very few or no people, a country where they face poverty because they would be unemployable.
This seems a harsh sentence for young people who had no choice or role in coming to this country. This is why, as a Christian, I stand with Dreamers and I hope you and other Christians will do the same.
Food For His Children helps impoverished families in Tanzania by providing families with a goat and training on how to care for it. Watch this short video to see how lives are being changed. The goat milk provides a great protein source for the children. As the goats grow into a herd the family can move out of poverty. It is a great mission to support and it based in the Twin Cities!
Associate Professor of English
Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL)
Luke 10:25-37 from the New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”