Immigration

Border Stories: Meet me in the middle

Border Stories: Meet me in the middle

I boarded a plane to El Paso late on a Sunday evening. The flight would only last an hour, and so I settled down in the middle seat between two young women. Both women appeared to be about the same age and race, both friendly as I squeezed through with my big camera...
“We space”: an invitation for every church

“We space”: an invitation for every church

In a recent trip to the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border, I had the opportunity to sit with a lovely indigenous woman who has been a doctor serving faithfully in the Anapra region of Mexico for decades. Doctora Mendoza is not only caring for people in a very poor town but...
Border Stories: When I was hungry, you fed me

Border Stories: When I was hungry, you fed me

Our team pulls in to the gated parking lot of what looks like a repurposed restaurant: flat red roof, stucco walls, absent sign. In the distance, the Franklin Mountain Range creases the middle of El Paso, separating east and west. We are on the eastern side, and the...
Border Stories: The kingdom in our midst

Border Stories: The kingdom in our midst

We met him on a dry, dusty Tuesday in Juarez, Mexico. I will call him Leon,* a man God used to show us the kingdom. He was a resident at Casa del Migrante, a temporary home and refuge for migrants. Leon, his wife and their two children had recently made the 2,000-mile...
Border Stories

Border Stories

Featured Story: What about “those” people? JO ANNE LYON I am not a newcomer to the discussion of immigration in the United States. Since 2006, I have spoken in many places, including congressional hearings and press conferences. I have met with multiple...
Border Stories: What about “those” people

Border Stories: What about “those” people

I am not a newcomer to the discussion of immigration in the United States. Since 2006, I have spoken in many places, including congressional hearings and press conferences. I have met with multiple senators and Congress people, and even President Obama in the Oval...
Immigrant Connection continues to expand impact

Immigrant Connection continues to expand impact

Immigrant Connection has 18 offices within The Wesleyan Church (TWC) with eight more locations actively engaged in the application process. The newest Immigrant Connection offices in Spartanburg, South Carolina (extension site), Carney’s Point, New Jersey, and Wesley...
Wesleyan view on immigration

Wesleyan view on immigration

Immigration has been a recent news focus as United States lawmakers make key decisions about immigrant residents. The Church adopts official statements of the Wesleyan View on issues in order to encourage laity and ministers to integrate faith and life to respond...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. Mom experiences hope of Christ after son’s murder Rachel (McCue) Rohm...
Immigrant Connection Fall Shadowing Experience

Immigrant Connection Fall Shadowing Experience

November 6-10 Kansas City, Kansas $600/per person Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience Event details: To complete registration please fill out the application form and upon submission and approval an invoice of $600 will be sent. There us a non refundable fee of...
Lyon to be Honored for Immigration Work

Lyon to be Honored for Immigration Work

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, is being honored at the National Immigration Forum and National Immigration Forum Action Fund in recognition of her service within the faith community as a champion for immigrants...
Deporting Jesus

Deporting Jesus

Not long after Jesús is born to a minoritized people group under the rule of the government, he becomes a refugee. Jesús’ parents decide to flee their home country out of fear of the government-sponsored military. Jesús grows up in a small town among his own...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. Orphaned Sierra Leonean children building new lives, post flooding Children...
Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigration Connection site shadowing has proven to be the the fastest and most cost effective way to move people radically forward toward offering this community transforming ministry for immigrants in a local church. -David Drury Founding Board member of The...
​Five ways to “care for the stranger”

​Five ways to “care for the stranger”

We don’t have to agree on immigration policy (or even talk about it) to recognize that God wants us to follow his example to care for the foreigners among us and for refugees fleeing war and persecution (see Deuteronomy 10:18 for example). Here are some...
Welcoming the stranger

Welcoming the stranger

College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Ind., is welcoming the stranger, as Jesus did. In this short video, Dr. Bud Bence provides an inspiring, biblical picture of how God is moving the church. Logan Hoffman is giving leadership to their move toward becoming an...
The Dearly Deported

The Dearly Deported

Yesterday I sat in a freshly painted, modestly furnished classroom of a growing Wesleyan Church in El Monte, California. The breeze through the open door increased in warmth as we sat for several hours. We began the official work but I sensed there were things to talk...
Immigrant Connection Site Map

Immigrant Connection Site Map

Immigration is an issue, but immigrants are people. See this map of how dozens of Wesleyan churches are transforming their communities by offering low cost legal services and the love of Jesus Christ to their immigrant neighbors. Approved – Recognized Representative...
General Board marked by encouraging denominational news

General Board marked by encouraging denominational news

The 129th session of the General Board of The Wesleyan Church met at the denominational headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, called the meeting to order at the beginning of the two-day meetings. Some of the...
​Resettling refugees

​Resettling refugees

In an apparent reaction to the Paris terrorist attack by ISIS, some well-meaning citizens and leaders in North America have called for a halt to receiving refugees from Syria, where ISIS is based. Thousands of people have been slaughtered by ISIS in Syria and...
Grand Opening: Immigrant Connection Center in Greenville, South Carolina

Grand Opening: Immigrant Connection Center in Greenville, South Carolina

The Immigrant Connection office at La Iglesia El Camino in Greenville, South Carolina was featured in this news report. We apologize for the low quality of the video, but make no apologies for the amazingly high quality service that this church is providing immigrants...