Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate
According to the UNHCR nearly 3 million more people fled their countries in 2017 than in 2016, the greatest one year increase ever seen. War and other violence, human rights abuses, extreme poverty and religious persecution have all played a part in forcing at least 68.5 million people to leave their homes.
How do we as followers of Christ respond biblically and practically to the needs of these people—both those who enter our country and those who are refugees in other countries?
Many people are asking important questions about safety, the undocumented and immigration and border processes. How do we respond to some of the real fears that people have about those who are coming into our country?
- Come to a seminar sponsored by Arrive Ministries and World Relief on Thursday, August 2, 8-10 a.m. in Hope Church’s Sanctuary. Matthew Soerens, co-author of the book Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate will provide insights into the unprecedented Global refugee crisis, immigration and border security, as he helps us grapple with genuine concerns over refugee resettlement and undocumented immigrants. He will speak from a Biblical perspective on how to respond to these issues.
- Pray for refugees and the displaced—we may not know them personally yet, but God knows each of them by name and cares deeply for them. Pray for the Church (that includes us!) to respond to their plight and advocate for them. Pray for those in our government who make decisions that so profoundly affect them.
- Provide practical support. Though fewer refugees are currently being resettled in the Twin Cities, new families continue to arrive and there are many already here who desire friendship. We are working with Arrive Ministries “Refugee Life Ministries” to build a Hope Church team to come alongside a family starting this fall.
by Peggy Turnbull