Justice for the Foreigner
All througout the Old and New Testaments we see that God has a heart for the outsiders, the ethnic and cultural foreigners, the sojourners and the strangers. And he commands his people to have that same heart:
- You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Deuteronomy 10:19).
- The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19:34).
- ‘Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.’ Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ (Deuteronomy 27:19).
- I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35).
- Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured (Hebrews 13:1-3).
Currenlty there are an estimated 60 million people displaced by war, conflict and perseuction around the world.
As of 2020, 14% of America's population is foreign-born.
And with the recent events of 2021 in Afghanistan, we have an opportunity as Christ-followers to extend God's heart for the foreigner right in our backyard.
EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION THROUGH PODCAST INTERVIEWS
Episode 1 (May 5, 2021)
In the first of 3 episodes, we interview Matt Soerens, who is the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization and Advocacy for World Relief. We discuss:
- biblical principles that should shape our views on foreigners;
- whether illegal immigration truly does put a burden on our economy;
- whether safety should really be a big priority for Christians ;
- how to honor the laws while loving our undocumented neighbors;
- and the opportunity that Christians have to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission in their own communities precisely because of immigration.
Episode 2 (May 12, 2021)
In our second interview with Matt Soerens from World Relief, we discuss practical ways for the church to help love the foreigner, regardless of one's political stance on policies.
Episode 3 (May 19, 2021)
In the third and final episode, we interview Lizzie Noumi from Main Street Alliance Church. In the first half of the interview we hear her story, her background, and how she got from Cameroon to the United States.
Then we discuss her experiences here as an immigrant, including how the church did a good job in welcoming her but also where the church made mistakes.
Finally she gives us a beautiful picture of what the church is supposed to be, despite its dysfunction and all our personal offenses.
PRACTICAL WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
For the Hispanic Community:
We currently have a life group whose goal is to reach and serve the hispanic community in our region. It meets on Friday nights and is led by Delanne & Ivany Serrano. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
We also plan to offer English-to-Spanish translation technology to our Sunday services once we are in a more permanent location.
For the Afghanistan Refugees:
We are currently receiving monetary donations that we are sending overseas to support those still stuck in-country, as well as provide supplies, clothing and rent for those who have been sent to the New Jersey naval base. CLICK HERE TO GIVE.
Addittionally, our hope is to sponsor a few families once we can have contact with them, and support them for the long haul - finding them a place to live, helping with paperwork, enrolling kids in school, giving rides, etc.