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Peaceful Resistance Recap: Week of November 26
Welcome! This is the weekly email for the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Peaceful Resistance group.
God of refugees and resettlement, open our hearts,
and open the hearts of our leaders.
Move us to action when we feel powerless
or disconnected from events happening outside of our local communities.
Help those who throw cans of gas
to see the actions for what they are,
not as the actions of people of faith,
but as the actions of oppressors.
--Prayer from Rev. Shelley Donaldson,
The Resistance Prays, 
November 26, 2018
Actions for the Week
Support the Migrant Caravan
1. The New Sanctuary Coalition
The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) is issuing a 40-day National Call to Action in response to how the United States fired tear gas and rubber bullets on immigrants seeking asylum at the US/Mexico border.
Fill out this form to get involved with the Sanctuary Caravan and to receive more information.
2. American Friends Service Committee & Love Knows No Borders
For those who would like to go to the border:
On Dec. 10, more than 100 faith leaders from across the country will take part in an action at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California. We invite you to join us in taking action, which will be preceded by a training and interfaith service on Dec. 9. If you are a faith leader, please indicate that on this form.
Please plan to arrive in San Diego by noon on Dec. 9 to participate in these events. More details will be forthcoming.
For those wanting to organize locally:
The American Friends Service Committee is also offering support to find or organize a local action between December 10-18. 
Join the American Friends Service Committee, faith leaders, and communities across the country for a week of action as we stand in solidarity with the migrant caravan and all who seek refuge in the U.S. Together, we are calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate, and end the militarization of the border.
Our “Love Knows No Borders” week of action begins on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, and ends on Dec. 18, International Migrants’ Day.
Click here to find or organize an event near you.
Tell Congress to Stop Fueling the Conflict in Yemen
from Bread for the World
Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. And half the country could face famine by the end of the year. Families are desperate for medicine to stop cholera from taking the lives of their loved ones. Aid workers are working tirelessly to get food to households who cannot afford to buy any for themselves.
The ongoing war in the country is at the root of the crisis in Yemen. Without urgent action to stop the conflict, Yemen could see the largest famine in a century. Let’s do something.
As people of faith, let’s call on our government to stop providing support that fuels the conflict, promote peace and economic recovery instead, and ensure a fully funded humanitarian response to the immediate nutrition needs of Yemeni civilians.
Add your name to our petition and together we will send a clear message to our leaders: the crisis in Yemen is unacceptable, and we must use every tool at our disposal to help stop the famine conditions.
Donate to support the Mexican churches meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the Migrant Caravan
from ABC International Ministries & Ray Schellinger
Long-term member and partner Ray Schellinger is involved in an effort to equip and resource Mexican churches as they work to be a pastoral presence in the lives of the many migrants currently living in Tijuana as they await an opportunity to apply for asylum. Ray will be directly involved in the distribution of these funds to churches that are housing and serving migrants.
In recent weeks, much attention has been focused upon the migrant caravan moving north through Mexico composed of men, women and children fleeing violence in Central America and hoping to legally be granted asylum in the United States. Some groups have already reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana and joined the hundreds of others already there waiting for asylum processing. It is expected to take months to process this entire group. IM relates to a number of churches and partners which are gearing up to offer housing, food, and services for the duration. Obviously the needs are huge, and the capacity of our partners to respond to these needs is limited. Your gifts to this project will enable IM to come alongside these partner churches and join their efforts to provide food, shelter, and spiritual support to the hungry, the thirsty, the strangers on the very doorstep of our country (Matthew 25:37-40).
Click here to give securely by credit card. Once on the IM donation page, scroll down to “I Would Like to Support” and click on the drop down menu. Select: Mexico and Central America Migrant Ministry.
To give by mail, make your check payable to International Ministries. Write "Mexico and Central America Migrant Ministry" on the memo line.
Mail to:
International Ministries
1003 W. 9th Ave. Ste A
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Sources for Text Updates
"SANCTUARY" to 228466 (PICO)
"resist" to 41411 (Causa Justa: Just Cause)
"DAILY" to 228466 (Daily Action)
"BEYOND" to 90975 (Beyond the Moment)
"MORAL" to 90975 (Poor Peoples Campaign) 
Fortification (from Standing on the Side of Love)
The Butterfly Story Collective (from the Butterfly Story Collective)
Helpful Resources
A guide to calling your government officials (Adapted from a blog by former US congressional staffers)
Print your own BPFNA postcards to mail to your government officials to voice your concerns as a person of faith. (from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)
Advent and Christmas worship resources (from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)
Great things to give for the holidays: 2018 edition (from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)
Resources in Spanish
Sanctuary Resources (from the Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement)
La Guía de Planeación de Emergencia / Emergency Planning Guide (from NC Justice Center - Spanish and English)
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