We offer friendship, and ultimately love and hope in Christ, to our friends seeking refuge. These refugee families come from all over the world (e.g., Cuba, Burma, Iraq, Ethiopia and Eritrea), seeking refuge and a chance for a better life. Some of our services include, cooking classes, free garage sales, supply drives, community beautification projects, pool parties, “Refugee Kids Night Out”, and cookouts. We are always thinking of new projects and activities to better help our ministry. If you are interested in volunteering with the refugees, please contact Loren Trujillo.
First Methodist is serving refugee families in the Westchase area that have recently relocated to the city. In partnership with Catholic Charities, we are connecting to families through various events and support in order to build meaningful relationships with them.
FIRST METHODIST’S RESPONSE TO REFUGEE CRISIS
Dear Church family,
I wanted to let you know how we are responding to the growing refugee crisis in Syria and Europe and with our ongoing refugee outreach.
The crisis in Syria has the world’s attention on refugees. Even though this is not a new issue, it is an unprecedented one.
Houston is the most ethnically diverse city in the country and we receive more refugees each year than any other city in the United States. Houstonians are generous and generally burdened for the needs of others, and I believe this has the opportunity to be one of our finest hours. Our city is preparing for a new influx of refugees and First Methodist can play a leadership role in this effort. It is a great opportunity for the people of Christ to introduce unreached peoples to the Gospel.
As you know, we have been responding locally to our refugee neighbors, close to our Westchase Campus, for over 3 years and serving Burmese refugees along the Thai/Burma border since 2005. Locally, we are developing partnerships with other churches and agencies who also share God’s heart for these very vulnerable people.
The following are four tangible ways you can be involved right now. Behind prayer, the immediate need is for each person over the age of 18 to advocate to allow more Syrian refugees to relocate to the United States (link below). Please go to the website and send a letter and encourage others to do the same. As we prepare for a new influx of refugees, we will have many volunteer needs and we are working to discern what those will be.
4 Immediate Ways to Be Involved in the Refugee Crisis through First Methodist Houston:
2. Advocate – Request more Syrian refugees to relocate to the U.S.
3. Volunteer with our current local Refugee Mission and help us prepare to receive more Syrian refugees by contacting the Missions Ministry.
4. Financial: We are not soliciting funds but for those who desire to donate, First Methodist Refugee Ministry would be the best place so we have adequate funds going forward to meet additional needs.
I believe that God will use this for Kingdom purposes.
Director of Missions