A Methodist pastor, a Christian Reformed pastor, an Evangelical pastor, and a Catholic woman walk into a room . . . Thatâ€™s exactly what happened last Thursday night in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Christ describes the church as one body, but we donâ€™t always reflect that unity. So, what brought all these leaders from different denominations together last week? They and over 50 community members gathered to acknowledge and celebrate the blessings of immigrants in their community and country. The pastors and members of different congregations spoke about how immigrants massively grow the economy, open our eyes to the world, inspire the church, and bless us through relationships. There was a unified message: immigrants are a blessing, not a burden.
"We want to thank all of the people here who believe we are a blessing," said Elizabeth Salazar, pastor of Evangelica Misionera. Let this statement of gratitude act as an invitation to join the movement to change the conversation about immigrants and encourage you to be bold in spreading the â€œblessing, not burdenâ€ message.