People are rallying together to respond with love to a request for help from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. ICE has asked for help with temporary housing and transportation for immigrant families. Most of the families are from Central America and are in the United States as Refugee or Asylum immigrants. They have cleared background checks and customs. The coordinated response is called The Inn Project.
Some churches are providing safe temporary lodgings for families for approximately 5-24 hours and in some cases 2-3 days. The churches are also providing meals, hygiene and bedding necessities, warm clothing, and other miscellaneous travel needs. When contact with the refugee’s extended family is secured, churches are coordinating transportation for the refugees to join their families.
As of February 1, Over 500 families have already been served at the two sites, and more are arriving each day. You can be part of the love expressed by responding in whatever way Jesus is calling you to act.
First Churchis one of the oldest protestant congregations in Tucson. Our purpose is to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Things we think are important include:
Contact Mary Lynne Demarinis our volunteer coordinator to schedule a shift at the Inn at First Church
Back in 2008 as I was transitioning from seminary to full time ministry, I had a chance to visit my family in Korea. It was one of those rare moments when both my sister Anna and I were able to be with our parents at the same time. This trip was a memorable one for sure. It was when my brother-in-law, Dylan, and Anna became engaged. I’m sure that’s why they remember that trip. (Both are United Methodist elders in the Portland, Oregon, area.) But I remember the trip in ‘08 because I began dating my wife Jiea (Julie). We were set up by our parents and, though at first we met out of respectful obligation, it would turn out to be life-defining conversations.
She is a lover of music, as am I. A viola/violin performance major who taught at elementary and middle schools to be precise. As a youth pastor, I had been teaching music after school for at-risk youth during seminary so we instantly connected. She had a fascination for America, and I had a fascination for Korea. Add in the fact that both of us grew up in Korean Methodist clergy homes with an older sibling, well, it was like talking to my soulmate. For once, I felt like I didn’t have to explain myself. She just got it. And vice versa. We simply belonged to one another.
It’s that kind of belonging that inspire both of us to serve our God. It’s that call to ministry that empowers us to leave our families thousands of miles away, in hopes of creating new ones. It’s that kind of family that we feel First Church is inviting us to. It’s that kind of church we hope we can create together.
Our son Nathanael Seyeon (Nathan), four by the time you read this, and Amber Nayeon, one year next month, are miracles of God. He’s a bit shy. She is not. Both are a blessing to us and I hope all of us will be a blessing for you as you are already a blessing for us.
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We Are One Block South of the
U of A Main Gate
Sunday Morning Lineup
Traditional Worship 10:00,
Korean Worship Service: 11:45
Children's Sunday School 9:00
Fellowship at 11:00
First United Methodist Church of Tucson | 915 E. Fourth Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719 | Phone: 520-622-6481 | Fax: 520-617-1057