In response to the rise of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the U.S. border, the executive committee of the Council of Bishops has called on United Methodists across the connection to “pray, reflect, and engage in acts of compassion.” According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been traveling through Mexico and arriving at the Southwest U.S. border in recent months, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. About 75 percent of the migrant children are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. As of mid-June, more than 52,000 children had been apprehended. The influx of children is creating humanitarian challenges for the law enforcement organization as they seek to care for large numbers of children in need of food, water, and shelter. Many United Methodist churches across the connection are eager to help. Click here to read the letter from the Council of Bishops.