The Journey is an educational video that clarifies the nature of the crisis that gained the attention of the nation in summer 2014. The unprecedented number of unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence and despair in Central America caused controversy on a number of levels. Many Lutherans and other people of faith extended heroic welcome and mercy. LIRS, our service partners, and sister Lutheran agencies were already in place as part of ongoing work with people seeking refuge. We work proactively on advocacy and programmatic responses to ensure people who need refuge are protected and embraced.
And while the number of people arriving has abated for now, the need remains. We’re in this for the long haul. We need congregations and individuals to join in the effort.
Download the video and discussion guide for use with your congregation or other group concerned about mercy and justice. The Leader’s Guide offers insights from Linda Hartke and lays out a simple agenda for thought-provoking conversation. The participant handout provides background details to inform discussion. Our prayer is that groups will be moved to faith-filled action on behalf of children and families seeking protection. For questions or to discuss ways to be involved, contact Melissa Blauvelt: MBlauvelt@lirs.org, 410-230-3544.
“The Journey” video – English version
“The Journey” video – Spanish version
Border Crisis Mythbuster
FAQ Children and Families Seeking Refugee
Backgrounder on Unaccompanied Children with policy recommendations
Information on Critical Protections for Children Under Current U.S. Law
Report on Forced Migration of Unaccompanied Children
Report on Family Detention
Report on Alternatives to Detention
LIRS Advocacy Statements and News Releases
LIRS Be Not Afraid Bible Study / No Temas Estudio de la Biblia