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Social Concerns
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.

UMCOR, partners start asylum seekers project

The three-year, $2 million pilot project also will engage local church members on a community level as they embrace the biblical mandate of welcoming the stranger.
Mission and Ministry
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crewmember assists a group of people needing medical attention in the Bahamas, Sept 4. The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force, who are leading response and search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Methodists in Bahamas cope with Dorian’s trauma

Two Methodist denominations in the Bahamas respond to immediate needs and worry about the hurricane’s psychological impact.
Social Concerns
Prayers are offered for lawyers of San Antonion Region Justice For Our Neighbors, a United Methodist immigration ministry, during the Border Convocation in San Antonio. The Rio Texas Conference event, held Sept. 20-21, drew about 115 people for discussion of how immigration ministries can respond better as the U.S. restricts entry of asylum seekers. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Border woes test, unite immigration ministries

Rio Texas Conference’s second Border Convocation draws crowd to share ideas about relief work and advocacy.
Mission and Ministry
A Coast Guardsman talks to a civilian aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft, Sept. 5, as the Miami-based aircraft medevacs 10 people from Marsh Harbour to Nassau, Bahamas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Medley, courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense.

UMCOR starts efforts for Bahamas relief

The relief agency will partner with Methodists in the Bahamas to meet basic needs for survivors after Hurricane Dorian decimated Grand Bahama and Abaco islands.

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