To Those Grieving For the Children: Friday Morning Coffee #68

I have seen many of you concerned over these last few weeks about immigrant children separated from their families at our southern border. My heart has grieved as I’ve seen the stories and reports flooding in. I have been encouraged by the overwhelming response from Christians and Christian leaders in support of these children who are surely dear to God’s heart.

[If you'd like an eloquent piece on the Christian concern over the family separation, read this one from Tish Harrison Warren.]

I have also seen a lot of helplessness, that continual question “What can I do to help?” I was talking to a local pastor this week who has been bombarded with this question from parishioners. I have asked this question, filled with grief, seemingly powerless in the face of political decisions outside of my control. 

Though the President’s executive order on Wednesday ended the policy of separating families, we still have a long way to go. Thousands of children need to be reunited with their parents. Many advocates and legal experts have questioned the legality of detaining children (even with their parents) indefinitely, which is the case under the executive order. We’re taking baby steps, but this situation is far from resolved. 

Because of the concern I have seen, I want to share today a few ways I have found to help. If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear about them. 

Give 

There are some great organizations doing work with migrants and refugees. Here are a few to consider: 

KIND - Kids in Need of Defense supports immigrant children by providing legal services and advocacy. They provide pro-bono legal support so that immigrant children do not appear before immigration court without a high quality legal representative. 

World Relief - This fund, in honor of World Refugee Day, specifically sets aside funds for immigration legal services.

Kino Border Initiative - This Catholic organization provides humanitarian relief, education, and advocacy for immigrants deported to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and those who pass through on their way to the U.S. 

Advocate 

One of the freedoms we have in our democracy is to write to and call our representatives to advocate for particular issues. World Relief has made it incredibly easy to contact your representatives in Congress about this situation. Do so here

Learn 

Read stories and reports from those on the ground. KIND has a lot of information on their site, as does the Kino Border Initiative. Read from a variety of sources, not only your pet news source of choice, to avoid strong bias or misinformation. Look for sources that are backed by credible sources and/or from eyewitness workers. 

Pray

Prayer is not a last resort. If we believe God is active and that He cares, then we must believe our prayers have power. Pray for the children. Pray for immigrant and refugee families. Pray for those who are on the ground serving them. Pray for our government leaders.