ABW Ministries GRR
The 2013–2015 American Baptist Women's Ministries Theme, "A Time to Serve", will help women understand how we have been uniquely shaped by God for the ministry to which we've been called, and sent out to the world.
"to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ."
∼ Ephesians 4:12–13 (NRSV)
There has been a surge in the last two years of children and youth escaping violence and poverty in Central American countries and Mexico and seeking asylum in the United States. In 2014, the projection is that over 60,000 children will attempt to find refuge in the United States. Not only is the number of children increasing exponentially in the last few years, but the population of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States is changing: now there are more girls, more younger children, and more victims of trauma.
Romans 12:9–21 calls Christians to a most radical love. We are to extend hospitality to all, reaching beyond our own comfort zones and fears. We are to outdo one another in showing honor and mutual affection, and we are to overcome evil with good. Scripture tells us again and again to defend those who are unable to defend themselves, and to show our love of Christ through loving others. The children seeking asylum need us desperately; our faith compels us to respond.
American Baptist Women's Ministries is focusing in 2014-2015 upon this critical issue. The crisis at the border demands our immediate attention and response. Children need our help; families need our support and advocacy; nations—including our own—need our prayers.