National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON), a United Methodist immigration ministry organization, recently reported on a grant that they received from United Methodist Women. The $50,000 grant will be divided among four NJFON region sites to conduct a variety of services for immigrants. The grant is just one aspect of UMW's immigration rights and advocacy work.
Yet work by Methodist women on behalf of immigrants goes back much further than the current constellation of immigration causes, concerns, and controversies. Indeed, it goes back further than the UMW. The Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the forerunners of today's UMW, conducted work with immigrants in the late 1800s, over 125 years ago. You can learn more about that work and Alma Mathews, the Methodist woman who led it, from this video and this article.