There are 65 million people displaced in the world today. That’s more than at any time since World War II. Displaced people are on the move for many reasons. They carry nearly as many labels: migrants, refugees, aliens, immigrants, asylum seekers. More than 21 million have been granted official refugee status by the United Nations and have potential to be settled permanently in a new home through established systems. Others will continue to search for a sense of safety and home for many years to come.
As United Methodists, we have a long history of walking alongside people impacted by war, violence, economic hardship, persecution, and political unrest. The United Methodist Council of Bishops has backed designating this Sunday for prayers about the global migration crisis and for collecting a special offering to address suffering caused by forced migration. Our Communion Offering for this Sunday will be going to this fund to help all displaced people.