“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).
In the Bible, strangers are often used by God to bring blessing. Immigrants today are a blessing to our congregations, communities, families, economy, and country. They are created in the image of God. And God expressly, and repeatedly, commands us to welcome the stranger.
What are practical ways your church can follow this command? Whether immigrants are already part of your neighborhood or living in communities farther away, the resources in these pages are meant to help individuals and congregations navigate this important conversation and get involved to bring about immigration reform.
We partner with World Renew to help CRC congregations engage the issue of immigration. Through partnering with the Office of Social Justice, World Renew hopes that churches will come to understand the root causes of immigration and become part of a faith-rooted effort to change the conversation from one of division to one of hospitality.
We want to partner with you and your congregation to spread the message that Immigrants are a Blessing, not a Burden. There are four important ways a church can engage deeply in immigration work: learning and sharing the myths and facts, reflecting a care for immigrants during worship, having meaningful connections with immigrant communities and organizations, and effectively advocating for more just policies.
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