United Methodist Church and Church World Service Launch $2 Million Project to Help Asylum Seekers

Jose Antonio Marchas Novela recounts the threats of violence that caused him to flee Mexico with his wife, Irlanda Lizbeth Jimenez Rodriguez, and their 1-year-old son, Jose Antonio. The family took shelter at the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in San Diego in August 2018 while seeking asylum. United Methodists are initiating a $2 million project to support asylum seekers in the U.S. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

The United Methodist Church and the humanitarian group Church World Service have announced the beginning of a $2 million project aimed at helping asylum seekers.

CWS, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and National Justice For Our Neighbors, a United Methodist network that aids immigrants which was founded by UMCOR, will collaborate on the project.

The project was introduced during the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries meeting, held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 10-12.

During the business meeting, UMCOR leadership approved an $820,000 grant to CWS and a grant of approximately $1.03 million to NJFON.

New York Area Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, president of UMCOR, explained to United Methodist News in an interview published Tuesday that the grants were key to their mission.

“In the midst of these challenging days for so many, whether it is due to a natural disaster, a life-threatening disease or the ongoing threats of persecution, we take seriously our role to make our name come alive for anyone anywhere that needs the United Methodist Committee on Relief,” Bikerton told UM News.

For its part, CWS will assist asylum seekers with enrolling in language classes, housing, registering children for school, and gaining access to community, state, and federal programs.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski