by Joya Colon-Berezin, Church World Service ~ August 27, 2014
Over the course of the summer many of us have had our hearts broken, over and over again, as we have witnessed the thousands of Central American refugee children crossing the southern border of the United States. This crisis certainly has caught the attention of the faith community and many have asked Church World Service the same question: How can we help? What can we do? These children are angels. And, no, I am not talking about a supernatural creature with wings. These children are angels in the original sense of the Hebrew word mal’akh, meaning ‘one who is sent,’ or simply ‘messenger.’ They have brought us an urgent and vitally important message about rising levels of violence, gang activity, drug cartels and life threatening circumstances in Central America. They have brought us a message about child trafficking and humanitarian protection. And they have brought us a message about our broken immigration system and the values we hold as a nation...Now, we are inviting people of faith across the country to respond to these “angels” by becoming angels. You are invited to become an angel by sending your own message to the women and children at the Artesia shelter (providing temporary shelter to women and children in Artesia, NM). In sending cards of prayer we also are sharing the message that many people here in the United States care deeply about them. Read more here.