Helping Children of Detained Workers
Yesterday, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) raided a number of plants in Mississippi detaining over 680 people. While we believe that reasonable people can have real disagreements about the best immigration policy for the US, it is our conviction that people of faith should be able to come together and proclaim that all migrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees are human beings, made in the image of God, and therefore deserve to be treated with respect, kindness, and care. In an immediate effort to care for the children of those detained yesterday, we are asking St. Andrew’s parishioners to help our sister church, Grace Episcopal Church - Canton, collect money and gift cards for school supplies. You can donate online or drop gift cards and checks by the church designated for the displaced children.
Holy God, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world and that in you there is shelter and comfort. Give them courage to face the days ahead, strength to hold their faith in you, vision to know the joy to be found in your creation. May we show compassion for all your children in the name of your blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.