Recently Read: At least 35 congregations UMC congregations in Kansas, Nebraska ready to help refugees

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Bishop Scott J. Jones answers a question from a reporter during a press conference Friday morning, Nov. 20, when the bishop announced at least 35 United Methodist congregations across Kansas and Nebraska were prepared to provide support to refugees from Syria when their immigration to the United States became possible. Photo by Todd Seifert – See more at: http://www.greatplainsumc.org/newsdetail/at-least-35-congregations-umc-congregations-in-kansas-nebraska-ready-to-help-refugees-2922653#sthash.4GCjpyAn.dpuf

United Methodist Church congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States.

That was the message shared Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by Bishop Scott J. Jones, episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, which includes 1,032 congregations across the two Midwestern states. Jones, in an address to members of the media and his cabinet of 17 district superintendents, said he was pleased to announce that at least 35 United Methodist congregations in the conference have agreed to sponsor at least one Syrian refugee family each when their immigration to the United States becomes possible.

“We have sponsored refugee families in the past, and we are prepared to offer our hospitality for this group as well,” Jones said. “These are churches in Kansas and Nebraska who will help these people settle and find new lives in America.”
The bishop noted that scripture from Matthew 25:40 command Christians to care for people in need, noting that the people of Syria fleeing from the ravages of civil war and famine fit that criteria.

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We are thankful for the leadership of Bishop Jones in this critical need as we try to do the right thing.

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