1) Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd of Whosoever Will Christian Church in Md. with Patrice Lawrence of UndocuBlack Network & Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea. 2) Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd of Whosoever Will Christian Church in Md. 3) Disciples at Black Ministers Retreat
Black Minister's Retreat
Liberians at Risk as DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) Set to Expire in Just 5 DAYS
The current designation of "Deferred Enforced Departure" (DED) that is now protecting nearly 4,000 Liberians in the U.S. is set to expire on MARCH 31
. The decision to potentially renew or eliminate this status is made by the President only. If DED is not extended, thousands of Liberians would lose their work authorization and be vulnerable for deportation IMMEDIATELY. Consequences upon individuals and families, which would be torn apart, would be devastating!
Americans share a centuries' old heritage with Liberia--and as Disciples, our connections have been particularly strong.
As Rev. Marco Cable, Executive of Global Ministries Africa Office reminds, "The first missionaries sent to Africa were Black Americans who went to Liberia."
Today, such connections are expressed through Disciples congregations such as the vibrant
Whosoever Will Christian Church
in Beltsville, Md., which remains 85% comprised of Liberian immigrants. Their community will be immediately and negatively impacted if DED is not renewed.
Whosoever Will's Pastor, Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd, is a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity. He has been connected with the congregation since its beginning, and has served as its pastor for over a decade.
See Rev. Lloyd above, in center, and at left together with partners from
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries
--as they advocated on Capitol Hill for ongoing protections for Liberians last week.
What Can YOU and Your Faith Community Do THIS WEEK to Protect Liberians?
Share the above faith letters with your U.S. legislators, and urge them to ask the White House to extend and renew DED protections for Liberians!
For advocacy questions, contact:
and select "Refugee & Immigration Ministries."
Thanks for raising your voice and values of faith to support immigrants and refugees, and for answering the call to "open your mouths to defend the rights...of the needy." (Proverbs 31:8)
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