Immigration

Social Concerns
The Rev. Joel Hortiales (left) prays with Carlos Ivan Baran Hidalgo; his wife, Danelly Mazariegos Morales; and their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett Juliette, at the Camino de Salvación shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. The family fled violence in Guatemala and is hoping to pursue a claim for asylum in the U.S. Hortiales is a United Methodist missionary and serves as director of Hispanic/Latino ministries and border concerns for the California-Pacific Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: ‘I was a stranger…’

In September, a UM News team accompanied faith leaders from the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico on visits to migrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. See how the church is ministering to those in need through the eyes of photojournalist Mike DuBose.
Immigration
A U.S. airman with the Joint Task Force-Crisis Response embraces a mother after helping reunite her family at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20. United Methodist churches, conferences, agencies and partner nonprofits are working to help arriving refugees make a good start in the U.S. Photo by Cpl. Davis Harris, U.S. Marine Corps.

United Methodists pitch in with Afghan resettlement

Local churches, conferences, agencies and partner nonprofits work to help arriving refugees make a good start in the U.S.
Social Concerns
Demonstrators carry placards during a march against xenophobia in Johannesburg in 2015. Xenophobia — fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners — continues to be widespread in South Africa, where harassment and violence against African and Asian non-nationals are routine and sometimes lethal, according to Human Rights Watch. File photo by Mike Hutchings, Reuters.

Church takes on xenophobia in South Africa

In collaboration with the Council of Churches of South Africa, United Methodists are educating young people about xenophobic attacks and the meaning of being “foreign.”
Immigration
Maria Chavalan Sut prepares a meal for herself in the kitchen at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va. After three years of living in sanctuary at the church, Chavalan Sut, who fled Guatemala in 2016, received a Stay of Removal for one year that allows her to move freely until her asylum case is heard. Photo © Richard Lord.

Woman in sanctuary relishes new freedom

Maria Chavalan Sut, who lived in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been granted a Stay of Removal for one year.

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