This is a note from John & Kasey.
Kasey brought this to my attention this morning. World Relief, an organization that works to empower churches to serve the vulnerable, is inviting the church to call local representatives and encourage them to advocate for immigrant families to be reunited and keep further separation of families and children from happening.
A few years back, Kasey and I were heavily involved in foster care. One instance in particular was very traumatic for our entire family. We had two beautiful girls who came to stay with us. Unfortunately, they’d been removed from their home and from a temporary foster care home without cause. In front of our entire neighborhood, the CPS worker (bless her heart, it was rough) put them in the car and they drove off. The older sister was screaming her heart out. The trauma of three separations in three days was taking a deep toll on her.
With that in mind, we wanted to encourage each of you to call our representatives to advocate for the families to stay together. It is hard enough to leave everything you know, let alone be separated indefinitely without hope of seeing your parents again.
In the Old Testament, The God of the Exodus (one who frees slaves and the oppressed) leads and pushes the people of Israel to greater levels of justice for those living among them (slaves, widows, orphans, the needy, and the poor, as well as strangers) (Leviticus 19:33-34; 24:22; Deuteronomy 1:16; Deuteronomy 24:17-18; Psalm 146:9; Jeremiah 7:5-7; Zechariah 7:8-10). In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, the people of Israel are reminded of who their God is and what they are to do:
18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Later, the Prophet Amos (Amos 2) goes off on Israel for their misuse of wealth, immorality and mistreatment of the poor. Israel had become the oppressor forgetting their God had delivered them from oppression.
Finally, In Matthew 24, Christ calls for action:
35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
And then goes on to remind us:
40 “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Regardless of your view of immigration and what is to be done, our call as Christians is to advocate for the least of these. When we take these actions, we are doing it unto and for our Christ. And you don’t even have to go to the border to do it…
I called and spoke directly to a representative at (202) 225-3484. If you live in Dallas, all you have to do is state your name, where you live and these words:
"Please stand up for immigrant children, ensuring that those being brought to the border recently are neither detained nor separated from their parents."
"Please also make sure that our immigration policies respect the unity of the family, both by immediately reuniting those who have been divided as a result of the recent ‘zero tolerance’ policy and by insisting that we do not restrict family reunification visas."
It took less than 2 minutes and he told me he would relay the message to Lance Gooden when he gets in the office.
Congress has the power to act, but Members of Congress are much more likely to do so if they are convinced that their constituents see a solution for vulnerable immigrant children and families as a priority.
Would you consider calling your representative today?