Welcome the Stranger / Refugee: The Other “1%”

We all know the statistics when it comes to the distribution of wealth in the United States. The “One Percent” are doing very well. But in our month-long exploration at First UMC Burlington of the struggles facing the 15.4 million refugees in our world, I was surprised to learn about another “One Percent” – according to the US Department of State that’s how many of those 15.4 million have any hope of being resettled – just One Percent!

In other words, most of the people who become refugees remain refugees; and according to those who know what they are talking about, being a “refugee” often means you have no hope, no future.

We can’t solve the world’s problems; but if you can offer someone a little bit of hope today, do it.

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from the Lord.” Psalm 62:5

A blessed Tuesday …

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.