Watch this video to learn how the United Methodist Committee on Relief has been responding to the influx of refugees in Germany.
Europe is currently immersed in its largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and many of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who've fled Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-torn lands are headed to Germany.
Rold Held is the United Methodist pastor in the small town of Messstetten, in southern Germany. In this video, he describes the impact that thousands of refugees have had on his community, and describes how people have responded calmly and compassionately to their new neighbors.
This prayer offers a way to engage spiritually with the migrant crisis through a prayer.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency estimates, more than 366,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year and at least 2,800 have died or disappeared during the journey.
The Rev. Jack Amick, head of International Disaster Response for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, offers a prayer of action and solidarity for those fleeing conflict and migrating to Europe and others parts of the world.
God of Shalom,
Grant us hearts that cry like yours
At the sight of dead boys on beaches,
Packed train cars,
And long lines of families on the move.
We confess that we have seen these images for centuries.
Grant us, this time, the wisdom to act in a way that turns history upside down.
And brings your shalom on earth as it is in heaven.
Grant us arms that welcome the stranger;
Grant us feet that walk with those whose feet search
For a new home, a new job, a new life.
Help us understand how bad things much have been,
And how much vision these survivors must have had
To make this terrible trek.
Grant us the vision to see what they see:
Your shalom where there is no more violence,
Where life is full and abundant for all,
Where no one is hungry,
And everyone is welcome at the feast.
This Action offers a way to contribute to UMCOR and Global Ministries' worldwide response to the mass migration occurring right now.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Global Ministries offer direct and sustainable help for those people who are migrating because of violence and oppression. If you are wondering how you can help migrants during this crisis, consider giving to Global Ministries and UMCOR's efforts. They are working on direct, sustainable ways to support migrants so they can keep their dignity during this crisis.
Their goals are: