Thirty miles of rural Missouri separate the two churches, and so much else. Still, every Tuesday the pastors meet, seeking each other’s counsel, sharing their joys — and, more often, their burdens. Because in these pandemic-wracked days, they are sometimes overwhelmed by the crucible of
For the last six months, Clive and Oneita Thompson and their two children have been doing familiar routines in an unfamiliar place.For the Thompsons, a move into a United Methodist Church in order to avoid deportation means sharing space with strangers.
A disconnect exists in U.S. Protestant congregations between leaders affirming responsibility for ministry to immigrants regardless of documentation and churches actually doing so, according to a LifeWay Research report published Feb. 20.
A wave of immigrants entering the United States presents a particular challenge to Christians who seek to minister among them, the director of missions for a metropolitan association of churches noted.