“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 (NRSV)
Isn’t God the master of all seed planters? With the wisdom of hindsight, I can look back at my life that is dotted with seeds God planted, not in a straight line but here and there as needed.
I am so thankful for my parents and my church family at New Sharon UMC who patiently and faithfully tilled the spiritual soil so God’s word would take root in my heart and soul. Oscar Romero said: “God’s best microphone is Christ, and Christ’s best microphone is the church, and the church is all of you.”
Standing in Matamoras, Mexico in August 2019, taking in the horror of the migrant tent city that is a result of US immigration policies, it was as if Christ was speaking to me through a megaphone saying, “This is wrong! Do something about this…NOW!”
No food, no water, no sanitary toilet facilities, no showers, tents open and vulnerable to cartels who ruthlessly rape, maim and extort these vulnerable children of God.
Children of God who are no less loved by God than you and me.
Today, as the microphone of Christ, I am in ministry with Hope 4 Humanity, a deaconess-led ministry whose mission is to advocate for and educate about migrant, refugee and immigrant issues and policies and the humanitarian crisis on our borders. This is my vocation in Christ. What is yours?
A Prayer adapted from St Oscar Romero:
In the measure in which we are your church,
that is, true Christians,
incarnating the gospel,
in that measure we will be the timely citizens
needed at this moment.
If we retreat from this inspiration of your Word,
we can be pragmatists,
but we will not be the sort of Christians
who are ever shapers of history.
Lead us by your Spirit
until this is no longer true of us. Amen.
From the NC Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Immigration Alliance
To raise awareness this week:
Review immigration study guides, available from the NC Council of Churches.
To become educated this week:
Find information about the number of detentions and deportations happening in your community, and discuss with others the trends you are seeing.
To advocate this week:
Begin to advocate with neighboring immigrant churches in your community.
Lisa Bachman is a deaconness in The United Methodist Church, living in Durham.