Saint Andrew United Methodist Church

1528 Church Road

Toms River NJ 08755

DECEMBER MISSION PRAYER

This month we remember in prayer those who are migrants.  December 3 is the first Sunday of Advent and is also designated Global Migration Sunday.  An excerpt from Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, reads:  "I write to you on behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on Dec. 3. This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember the coming birth of the Christ child who himself was a migrant.  From Asia and Europe to Africa and the Americas, the plight of more than 65 million men, women and children forced to leave their homes and migrate to places unknown calls all Christians to remember what God requires of us.  Wars, natural disasters, persecution, economic hardships and growing violence around the world are the major root causes of the unprecedented global migration we witness with grave concern today. ...For most of these migrants, the decision to flee their homeland comes as a last resort effort to live.”  Let us join our voices to pray for those who are suffering the journey of forced migration.  Let us pray for the United Methodist Church as it ministers to migrants throughout the world through UMCOR/Global Ministries and in partnership with other organizations helping refugees and migrants such as Church World Service (CWS).  Pray for those who are migrants that God would grant them safety, comfort and peace, and for those working with migrant populations throughout the world, that God would grant them strength and renewal and would send more workers to help in this growing problem.