We at Every Nation North America believe in the inherent dignity of all people.

The very name of our global family of churches—“Every Nation”—communicates our genuine desire to make a family out of every nation, tribe, and tongue. And so it grieves us deeply that a beloved part of our family, our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) brothers and sisters, are experiencing increasing violence and hatred.

We understand that this is not new. Racism against Asian Americans has often gone unaddressed.

We want our AAPI community to know we see you, love you, and stand with you during this time.

We strongly condemn all the racist rhetoric, harassment, vandalism, and violence against our Asian American brothers and sisters.

We want you to know that we stand with you and will do all that we can to advocate for you.
We pray for your protection and for God to bring healing to our land.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3–8)

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22: 37–40)

In His Grace,

Kevin York
Acting North American Director
Executive Vice President