Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries (MBMM) is hosting its 4th annual New Americans Christmas Parties to welcome and support newly arrived refugees 3-6pm this Saturday, December 12th, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 24 Mulberry Street, Worcester, MA and 3-6pm Sunday, December 13th, at Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Hastings Street, Lowell, MA.
Over 600 gift bags filled with winter blankets, toys, toiletries, clothing, etc. will be distributed to refugee families in need, our newest Americans. On Friday, December 11th, dozens of volunteers will meet to sort and pack the thousands of items that have been collected for these bags at MBMM, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. We do this because we don’t want to miss the chance of engaging with Jesus in the flesh: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” – Matthew 25:34-36
This Sunday December 13th is World Refugee Day. Did you know that Jesus was a refugee? His parents escaped the brutality of Herod and lived in Egypt for years. Yes, a Middle Eastern refugee. After the recent attacks in Paris, US leaders and frightened citizens have talked about closing our borders to keep Syrian (Muslim) refugees out. The US has admitted 1.5 million immigrants from Middle East since September 11, 2001. There have been no recorded terrorist attacks from these admitted refugees. Half of Syrian refugees are children. A number of refugees expected at our New Americans Christmas Parties will be Syrian.