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Moving obstacles getting in the way

Road barricade

Sonya Luna names some of the obstacles her husband and other immigrants and children of immigrants must tackle as they plan their future and build a life in the U.S.

Warren: First UMC sews for good

Women sewing

Warren: First UMC has started an International Friendship Center that teaches immigrants, refugees, and anyone from the community wishing to learn how to sew.

Finding family in the heart of Dearborn

Children participate in Easter StoryWalk.

Dearborn First UMC has reinvigorated its commitment to refugees and asylum seekers by creating a new Response Team ministry, which recently sponsored a family from Jordan. 

Act now on Drive SAFE bills

Driver with license

The Rev. Paul Perez explains the importance of a driver’s license to Michigan’s immigrants and families. He encourages support of the Drive SAFE bills in the state’s legislature.

5 Michigan churches receive UMCOR grants

UMCOR grants help immigrants

Mustard Seed Grants from UMCOR continue an 80-year tradition of Welcoming the Stranger. Five UM churches in Michigan received these funds.

French-speaking UMC grows in Detroit

French Church promotion

In 2016 two African pastors were sent by The Michigan Conference to begin a French United Methodist Church in Detroit. The congregation is on the grow despite challenges of COVID-19.

JFON-MI ‘still standing’ with neighbors

JFON volunteers and staff standing together for clients

Justice For Our Neighbors-Kalamazoo is still standing with their clients, safely and effectively, during the threat of the health crisis.

Recovery from wildfires takes love

California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Sonja Edd-Bennett (left) shows Revs. Jacey and Emily Pickens-Jones (right), pastors of Sonoma United Methodist Church, features of USB chargers from the conference being donated to the church's hospitality enter.

United Methodist responses to the annual wildfires in California include immediate help and longer-term efforts to tend to the needs of those who’ve been through traumatic events.

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