These signs (above) have been popping up around the country. My friend Kimberly Burge (buy her book The Born Frees) spotted them in Mt. Pleasant in D.C. My friend Duane Shank has spotted them in Goshen, Indiana.
It turns out they were created by folks at Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va.–and they are spreading like wildfire!
According to The Mennonite:
Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, decided to put up a sign proclaiming our shared value of welcoming foreigners. The wording for the sign came from our pastor Matthew Bucher and was hand painted by another member of the congregation, Melissa Howard.
It reads, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” in three languages: English, Spanish and Arabic. IMC’s neighbors speak many languages, but primarily one of these three. Matthew said, “I hope that the sign is a marker to the community. And, I hope that folks leaving IMC after a service are reminded of who we are to be. “
The first week of Advent focuses on The Prophet’s Candle, symbolizing Hope. Print your own poster for your front yard. Get a group of friends or your church together and get a local printer to make some for all of you.
Just download the PDF, and it is ready to print a 24 inch x 18 inch sign. Please keep the text as it is when you use this sign. Please share where you posted the sign at Welcome Your Neighbors on Facebook.
Let’s get them out nationwide by Christmas!