Scripture guides every aspect of our lives as Christians,
including how we engage with people who move to our communities. As we
celebrate the beginning of Lent, a time for reflection and spiritual
evaluation, I invite you to join me in
completing the ‘I Was a Stranger’ Challenge.
Here is how to participate:
Download and print the ‘I Was a Stranger’ challenge bookmark,
which will guide you to a different bible reading every day. A digital version
of the challenge can be found in the Bible app.
Simply download the Bible app and look under plans for the “I was a Stranger”
Commit, over the course of 40 days, to read
one Bible passage each day that speaks to God’s heart for those who have been
displaced, and pray that God gives us God’s heart for all God’s people.
Invite someone who has a different
perspective than you about what it means to welcome the stranger and invite
them to do the challenge with you. Reflect on your readings and pray
Reflect with us! We would love to hear
about how this challenge is going for you. Email AMMPARO@elca.org or visit us on Facebook to share your
‘I Was a Stranger’ Challenge is simple! I started the challenge at the
beginning of February and it has provided daily inspiration for my work with
Central American children and families displaced from their communities. Will you join me in committing over the
course of 40 days to read one Bible passage each day and pray that God gives us
God’s heart for all God’s people?
continues to be an important and divisive topic in our communities, our
commitment to the authority of scripture is at the heart of why Christians
believe we should love, welcome and seek justice for migrants, refugees and
Program Director, AMMPARO
Do you want to learn more about how the ELCA is committing
to accompany migrant children today and in the future? Visit ELCA.org/AMMPARO
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