Yesly Antu | Refugee Mentoring Program Coordinator | email@example.com
The statistics on refugees worldwide are devastating. There are 25.4 million refugees worldwide, and over half are under 18 years old. 85% of the worlds displaced people are living in developing countries. Jordan has the largest number of refugees at 2.7 million, followed by Turkey (2.5 M), Pakistan (1.6 M), Lebanon (1 M) and Iran (979,000). The United States ranks only 50th worldwide in number of refugees housed.
Syria is in the worst refugee crisis of our generation, with four million refugees. Houston is home to people from all over the world, and is the most ethnically diverse large city in the United States. Serving refugees is an opportunity for the people of Christ to introduce unreached peoples to the Gospel. Remember, Jesus was a refugee – and He spoke about welcoming the stranger, and caring for our brothers and sisters in need.
Many of these immigrants have come to Houston seeking refuge from war and persecution, and simply want the chance for a better life. First Methodist Houston has been responding locally to our refugee neighbors since 2012, and serving Burmese refugees along the Thai/Burma border since 2005.
Locally, we develop partnerships with other churches and agencies who also share God’s heart for these very vulnerable people. We embrace our brothers and sisters from Syria, Congo, Cuba, Burma, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea and other countries seeking refuge, friendship, and assimilation into their new city. Partnering with Catholic Charities, we serve in the name of Christ, offering services that help empower our families to lead lives of dignity and inclusion.
First Methodist is serving recently-relocated refugee families in West Houston by tutoring and mentoring, helping with needed supplies, services, and events for families and children. The friendship blessing goes both ways, as our volunteers are moved and changed by the love and generosity they find from our families.
There are several ways to be involved with refugees through First Methodist. One is to pray for our refugee families, and the global refugee crisis. In addition, we can use our voices to advocate for refugees – advocate for our city to absorb more refugees, and advocate for the rights of those living here.
Use your voice to create change by visiting the World Relief site. Or, get involved with our Wednesday night tutoring program, where we love on kids and build relationships through tutoring and educational activities. If you are interested in serving with our Wednesday night mentoring/tutoring program, partnering with a family, or helping with special events or needs, please see our serve page.
All of the ministries of First Methodist Houston Missions are made possible with your service and your financial gifts.
To find more information on ways to get involved with REFUGEES through the Missions Ministry of First Methodist, visit SERVE.
To financially support the Missions Ministry of First Methodist Houston, visit GIVE.