As we enter Advent, it is a good reminder that our Lord and Savior, Jesus, was born to refugee migrant parents. Displaced from home, pregnant and unwed, forced to flee to Egypt, the early days of the birth of the Messiah is fraught with uncertainty, fear, oppression, and the threat of violence. Four of our denominational agencies (Board of Global Ministries, Communications, Church and Society, and Discipleship Ministries) have united to promote Global Migration Sunday. Global Migration Sunday will be held Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent.

The offering will go to the denomination’s Global Migration Advance (#3022144), a fund set up in 2014 for donors to designate gifts specifically to support work that alleviates the suffering of migrants. To date, more than $1.4 million has been donated to the fund, assisting more than 46,000 migrants. Assistant to the Bishop Dan Dick said, “We all worship the Son of migrants and refugees; let us support work in our world today to honor this heritage and history.”

Visit this website to help you prepare to honor this day. The website includes a variety of resources, including stories of global migration and the ways The United Methodist Church is responding to this global crisis. Recently an international panel of presenters gathered online to discuss the global migration crisis. As your church prepares for Global Migration Sunday, consider watching the webinar to better understand why the crisis exists, the journeys migrants must take, and the ways the United Methodist connection can make a difference in the lives of migrants around the world. Watch now.