Support Immigrant Children
Throughout the summer, HPUMC has continued to send teams or has facilitated the presence of teams from other areas, to provide a time of meaningful worship and connection to youth being detained at the border. Worship with these teens has been phenomenally powerful for all involved. In addition to formal worship time, team members spend time praying with and for these young people and their families, and each week collect prayer requests that we pray over at home. Many times throughout the last eight weeks we were given a closure date for this temporary facility, with the understanding that it would no longer be needed. However, the government has repeatedly extended the contract, and as of this writing, the facility remains filled with hundreds of young people navigating unimaginable difficulties.
Please join the entire HPUMC community by being in prayer for the team traveling to lead worship this weekend and for the young people detained there. If you are able to assist in translating prayer requests, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Moseley at .
If you wish to help fund our ongoing travel and material expenses, you can do so by clicking the button below. We will continue to update this page with information and opportunities as they become available.
Our team has been invited to visit the Tornillo Facility again this weekend to lead worship, do crafts, and connect to the teens there. Rev. Owen Ross of the North Texas Conference will lead that team, which includes Rev. Victoria Robb Powers from HPUMC and other Christian leaders from the DFW area. Please be in prayer for them as they travel this Saturday, July 14. We anticipate being part of a coalition of churches who will provide spiritual and emotional support for children and youth as long as needed.
If you wish to help fund the travel and materials for these teams you can do so by clicking on the button below.
Under the leadership of Rev. Elizabeth Moseley, HPUMC organized an interfaith team to lead worship at the Tornillo Facility for unaccompanied minors who have entered our country. They led worship for 400 teenagers being held there. They also had the opportunity to do crafts and talk with the teens. If there are future opportunities to minister to children who are away from their families, we will post those here.
“What does the Lord require of you? Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Are you feeling compelled to provide assistance to immigrant children in our state? As we support teams that are ministering to the children and youth in US custody, please consider donating to help us send these teams as described above.
The official statement of the UMC regarding the rights of immigrants states that "we recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, healthcare, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all. We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.” (The United Methodist Book of Disciple)
Read an update from Rev. Elizabeth Moseley's experience visiting the Tornillo Facility.
Further, our Senior Minister has issued the following letter.
A letter from Laura Bush.
For any questions please contact Caroline Hazlett at .