Dear pastors and laity in the MWD,
Our Bishop, Bishop Palmer along with other bishops in the United Methodist Church have asked that we recognize the struggles, hurts, and loneliness of the lives of many people trying to come across the borders and those who have been granted permission to cross. We have been asked to be in prayer for these children, their families, and many who are seeking asylum from the dangerous conditions in other countries as well as those seeking a new life with new opportunities.
Sarah Twitchell, who works with the NW Ohio Network for Immigrant Rights reached out to the MWD office two months ago and asked if she could put together a prayer vigil for our district. Of course, the MWD Leadership team said ‘yes’ and has approved the attachments below. We are asking that churches sign up on sign-up genius and select a date to host a prayer vigil. You can decide the length of the vigil, 6 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours. You can decide the shape of the prayer vigil, perhaps a worship service, perhaps a time for people to come in stay awhile and leave. We have attached below the following to assist you:
- a PowerPoint
- a pdf of the PowerPoint (should you want to have them for people to pick up and read through)
- a document that has prayers (with what you can do next and who to contact)
We hope that you will use these in the ways that work best for you. Our hope is that we will have at least one church hosting a prayer vigil each week. We will put the times and locations of where these are in our E-news each week. Thank you for participating and taking action to impact lives through prayer and other ways during this crisis at our southern border.