A missionary who is trained as an immigration attorney serves in Iowa as a part of our shared United Methodist outreach to persons in need around the world.
The Iowa Board of Global Ministries has a Standing Committee for Mission Personnel. Two years ago they provided financial support for Brynne Howard as she became a staff attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors in Iowa.
Her case load has included clients from countries such as Bangladesh, Burundi, Laos, Nepal, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Somalia, Peru, and Equador. During 2011 more than four hundred new clients were welcomed at Iowa’s JFON legal clinics.
Clients have various immigration status conditions. When legally possible, they are helped to complete requirements to become permanent residents of the United States in Iowa.
In 2012 a fifth legal clinic site was established in Ottumwa at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Enthusiastic JFON volunteers, who are the heart and soul of the ministry in every location, embody the biblical mandate to welcome the strangers in our midst.