Immigration at the Border: How to Get Involved
- Lament collectively over the ways the church has been complicit. Here's a lament written by Matthew Soerens from World Relief.
- Pray for safety, health, comfort, hope & faith for those fleeing danger, and for the provision of immediate basic necessities. Pray that those in positions of power will see human beings for who they are, carriers of the imprints of God, worthy of dignity. Pray that compassion will lead to empathy and empathy will lead to sustainable change.
- Volunteer or donate to RAICES & support Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
- Connect with Hope Border Institute.
Act & Advocate for family reunifications through World Relief.
Consider getting certified in Fey y Finanzas through the Chalmers Center's Faith & Finances training if you and folks you know speak Spanish and want to meet a community need of financial literacy for an immigrant community in your context.
Make a tax deductible financial contribution toward the effort by clicking on the link below. Not including shelter, it costs about $24 to provide the basic needs for one family upon arrival, and $40 for a 2-day stay including food & supplies for the onward journey. https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NTQyNjU=
Consider bringing a group to the border to see the realities on the ground (please note that I do not have any personal experience with any of these groups, but have found out about them through other Christian organizations or individuals.
Foster care is often implemented through two sources: a county's social services department and private agencies that contract with the county. You may have heard the phrase foster-to-adopt. I can only speak to my personal situation, although I have a feeling most states work this way, but if you are interested solely in fostering-to-adopt, it's best to go through the private agencies contracted with the county. If you are interested in fostering, go through your county's department. The goal of foster care is always reunification, unless or until there is something that prevents it. If you are unwilling to work toward reunification with biological parents, fostering through the county is not the best option for you. But as I argue in both of my books, as Christians who believe in a God who will reconcile all things, reunification is more aligned with the gospel than we are often willing to admit. I recognize that this is a tough and complicated issue, and I do not advocate that children are reunified to abusive or neglectful situations. However, I think that in many ways, we have to lay down the idol of desiring to possess children prior to entering foster care. The following a few resources for those interested in foster care:
- Read 5 Ways Anyone Can Get Involved to Help Foster Kids Today by Felicia Curcuru
- Read The Foster Care Crisis: The Shortage of Foster Parents in America by John DeGarmo (also check out all of John's books on fostering)
- Contact your county's foster care department (through the Department of Health and Human Services)
- Google search private foster care placement agencies in your state. (Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Family Services, and Catholic Charities are nationwide agencies that may have a local office near you)
- Research Safe Families and find out if this is a better fit for your family.
If you are looking for someone to speak on foster care from a Christian perspective, consider:
Krish Kandiah (UK)
Krish Kandiah (UK)
If you are looking for someone to speak on missions from a Christian perspective that addresses colonialism and white savior complexes, consider: