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Alone in America: An Undocumented Child’s Journey from Solitude to Solidarity

Re-posted with permission, originally posted here: https://www.stand-together.org/alone-america-undocumented-childs-journey-solitude-solidarity/

Torn Apart and Left Alone

One chilly December day after school in 2004, Juan Terrazas walked through the front door of his home in Dallas, Texas, and found his sister Alma and cousins huddled together on the couch.

“Your dad’s in jail,” they told him. Their voices were grave.

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Frontline Report: The Border

Re-posted with permission from World Relief: https://www.worldrelief.org/blog/frontline-report-the-border 

By Ted Oswald and Kevin Woehr

September 6, 2018

Lea este artículo en Español, Aquí.

Ted Oswald, World Relief Sacramento’s Immigration Legal Services staff attorney, and Kevin Woehr, DOJ Accredited Representative with World Relief DuPage/Aurora, recently returned from Tijuana, Mexico as part of a team comprised of World Relief staff from across the U.S. advising asylum seekers at the border. The following offers a brief but powerful glimpse into their time on the border.

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Small Town Life and the Great Commandment

Re-posted with permission from Texas Baptists: http://txb.life/article/small-town-life-and-the-great-commandment 

By Chris McLain

I can’t speak for those living in urban contexts, but in Crowell it matters whether you’re native-born or a transplant from elsewhere.

Let me explain. It’s not that new people who move into our community are any less welcome or loved than the locals, but their experience of small-town life is certainly different.

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Unexpected Mission Field

By Devin Tressler

If you ask Liang where he’s from, he’ll tell you simply, “Burma.” But if you talk to him much longer about his home, you find out that it’s complicated: He’s of the Zomi people from Chin State, in the country most of the world calls “Myanmar”. Where you’re from and what you call yourself is important there. Many of the Zomi people are Christian. In fact it was their faith that led the government of the mostly-Buddhist country (controlled by a different ethnic group) to expel them from the country.

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Texas/Mexico Border Immigration: A Missionary’s Perspective

By Nathanael Sommers

August 8, 2018

A young mother recalls her journey to the United States at a Border Patrol detainment center in South Texas. The Border Patrol officer listens intently, asking questions she has asked to countless other newly arrived undocumented immigrants. The mother’s two children, a boy and girl both under twelve, are being interviewed in a separate room as officers seek to understand the small family’s situation.

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A Taste of the Kingdom

By Tim Holt

In 2010 a Bulgarian theology student stood at the doors of what was soon to become our new church home and with tears in his eyes declared, “The nations are going to come to this place…” Stefan knew of the J1 Program, how 4,000 young international students, from 50 different countries come to our resort community every summer, working, saving their money, to experience life in America.

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Muhammad’s Story

By Kristy Perano

I thought I was good at trusting in God’s sovereignty until last January 26th, 2017.

That was when I got personally involved with trying to help an Afghan refugee family marked for death by the Taliban and left behind by our country. Muhammad had faithfully served the US military in Afghanistan as an interpreter from 2003 until 2010, then worked for the UN for three years before fleeing with his wife and daughters to Pakistan to live in hiding illegally as a refugee, losing all contact with the US military in the process. Hunted by both the Taliban and the Pakistani government, he and his family are living in critical danger.

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Coach Stephens, what would you have done?

It was a class I had taught dozens of times.  We would go over many Government issues and then I would ask the class what their views on it were, what the typical Democrat/Republican views were, and then I would give my personal views.  Today, the topic was  immigration: I listened as my public high school students challenged each other with their thoughts.  Then I gave my view. 

I am a conservative…but I teach in a place that has a fairly high number of immigrants in the country illegally.  As the head soccer coach, I coached many of them (although I never asked about their status).  As a pastor in the community, I just wanted to minister to them.  After I cited these talking points, one of the smartest girls that I have ever taught raised her hand.  She said, “Coach Stephens, why do you think that we do not deserve a chance at freedom?” 

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Kelly Rosati: Will you stand with kids?

I’ve spent my career advocating for vulnerable children.

For many years, I served as Vice President of Child Advocacy at Focus on the Family helping the church step up for children in foster care waiting for permanent families. And, I’m on the board of the national March for Life, because I believe that each human life is made in God’s image.
 
But I’m not writing in those capacities—those are just to give you a bit of my background. I’m writing as a mom, which is my most important role.

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Christianity is a Refugee Story – Kevin Singer

Christianity is a Refugee Story

By Kevin Singer
May 29, 2018

If you are a Christian, you are part of a refugee story. You join the ranks of Abraham, who took a dangerous journey from his homeland of Ur to the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1), Joseph, who was carried into Egypt after being sold into slavery by his brothers (Genesis 37:25-28), and Moses, who fled to the wilderness of Midian after he took the life of a brutal Egyptian slave master (Exodus 2:11-15). Each of these acknowledged that they were “strangers and exiles on the earth” (Heb. 11:13, ESV). Jesus Himself was at one time refugee in Egypt (Matt. 2:13-15), and the Apostle Paul reminded the Philippians that their citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).

This isn’t to mention that the entire Biblical narrative of God’s people is one of chronic exile. It began when Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden and face the uncertainties of life outside (Genesis 3:23). Before God delivered the Promised Land to His chosen people, due to famine they arrived as refugees in Egypt (Gen. 47:27). After hundreds of years of slavery, they were liberated by God only to be refugees for another 40 years in the desert (Num. 32:13). Then came exile in Babylon (2 Kings 24:8-16) and exile in Assyria (2 Kings 17:5-6). After the resurrection of Christ, it wasn’t long before the early church was forced to disperse from Jerusalem because of Saul’s oppression and the martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 8:1-4, Acts 11:19). The New Testament contains letters written by James and Peter that are addressed to “the twelve tribes in dispersion” and “to those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (James 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1). In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul describes in vivid detail the pains of exile and offers a word of hope:

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