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Cash is king in campaigns to keep immigrants under temporary protected status in U.S

January 4, 2018

Salvadorans living in the U.S. are, by most accounts, devoted workers with high workforce participation rates and better-than-average education levels compared with their countrymen still living in El Salvador.
That makes it all the more surprising that the Salvadoran government is working desperately to try to make sure hundreds of thousands of them never come back home, where they could be of huge help to rebuilding a troubled society.

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Evangelical Letters of Support for Dreamers Draw 3,450 Signatories

Signers Hail from All 50 States and Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 14, 2017— Thousands throughout the country agree: We need workable solutions for Dreamers in our churches and communities.

More than 3,450 pastors and evangelical leaders representing every state now have signed on to letters urging the Trump administration and members of Congress to protect Dreamers.

Leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table initially signed the letters to the president, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to push for a legislative solution to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

“We hope that you will work to find solutions that allow these young people to stay in our country long-term and continue to be a blessing to our communities,” they wrote. “Now is the time for bold leadership and action.”

The following are new quotes from notable signatories. Additional quotes are available here and here.

Felix Cabrera, Lead Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Central, Oklahoma City:
“Miles de nuestras iglesias en la Convención Bautista del Sur están llenas de maravillosos jóvenes que el único país que conocen es Estados Unidos de América. Sus padres los trajeron aquí cuando eran niños. Ellos no escogieron ni decidieron venir aquí, nadie les preguntó. Sin embargo, en este país se asimilaron, aprendieron el idioma, fueron a la escuela, están en la universidad y muchos se graduaron de ella y son profesionales. La inmensa mayoría están trabajando y aportando a nuestra economía y un grupo considerable pone en riesgo su vida todos los días en el ejército de los Estados Unidos, gracias al DACA.

“Ruego al Señor que los congresistas hagan lo correcto y de una vez y por todas presenten legislación para que a estos jóvenes americanos su sueño se les haga realidad.”

Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D., President, Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington:
“In its greatest moments, America has never prized a narrow, legalistic reading of laws over achieving justice. In the case of Dreamers, a bipartisan majority clearly believes justice calls for the triumph of mercy over judgment. By passing a law that provides permanent protection for Dreamers, we will take a step toward making a bitterly divided America great again.”

Micah Fries, Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee:
“I am glad to stand in support of Dreamers. As believers in Christ, Scripture calls us to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable and marginalized. Few are more marginalized than children who did not decide to live here, but now call this their home, and yet are powerless with respect to their citizenship and fearful of being deported to a place they have likely never known as home. We certainly need a better immigration policy in the U.S., but it must begin with a commitment to protect the children who are most vulnerable and who are already among us. The work of protecting the Dreamers necessarily falls to Congress. It is vitally important that Congress works to provide a permanent solution and that they do so in a timely manner.”

D.A. Horton, Pastor, Reach Fellowship, Long Beach, California:
“Congress passing bipartisan legislation for Dreamers to have a direct pathway for citizenship will provide them with holistic comfort in knowing the only nation they’ve ever known and embraced now knows and embraces them as family and will let the on-looking world know that in America, Dreamers are home.”

Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Pastor, Northland Church, and Chairman, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Casselberry, Florida:
“The president’s decision on DACA has put the issue exactly where it needs to be: with Congress. We do not need executive orders to deal temporarily with these Dreamers who are a part of our national productivity and potential; we need a permanent legal solution. Congress, please act now to keep these young people in the only country they have known.”

Kim Whetstone, Discipleship Pastor, Parkview Community Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois:
“Congress must take action immediately to develop compassionate and comprehensive immigration legislation that reflects the nation’s firm belief in the equality of each human being and each individual’s inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and protects Dreamers now. If Congress does not act immediately, we risk losing not only a generation of Dreamers, we risk losing the American dream itself.”

Trump to Announce DACA Decision, Priorities on Immigration on Tuesday

4 September 2017

By Anugrah Kumar

President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday his decision to end or continue the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily protects immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children, according to the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s decision is likely on Tuesday, The Hill reported.

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PRESS RELEASE: Evangelical Leaders: Protect Iraqi Christians from Deportation

June 19, 2017

In a letter to the Trump administration today, evangelical leaders are calling for a halt to deportations of Iraqi Christians.

“We write urgently and with grave concern that Christians will be removed from the United States to face potential persecution, and even potential death, in the Middle East,” begins the letter from leaders of Evangelical Immigration Table organizations.

The letter, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, includes a request that the administration defer the deportation of Chaldean Christians until Iraq’s government “proves willing and capable of protecting the rights of religious minorities.”

It also quotes Vice President Mike Pence speaking about how Christians in Iraq have been targeted.

The full letter is available here.

April 2017 Prayer Partner Story


April 28, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

I was born in what was then Sudan, now part of South Sudan. When I was young, I lived in a village called Renk with my family. We were very happy. Then, a war broke out in Sudan between the rebel movement, which was fighting for Sudan to have a democratic government, and the ruling government, which wanted to enforce religious Muslim laws.

One day the government and the rebels came to our village and starting shooting in the town. We fled our home village and traveled to Khartoum, the capital, where I went to a Muslim school.  Despite my attendance at this school, the government began targeting me because they knew I was Christian.

My family and I fled to Egypt, which is where we became refugees. It was painful to think about my city being attacked during the war and very hard to see people being killed, having to flee, and becoming separated from their families. You ask yourself: Why? Is all of this violence and hate truly because we believe in Christ?

We applied to be resettled in the United States and were accepted. It was a great opportunity but also a very fearful moment for me: We were going to a strange place, where I didn’t know anybody, and I was very scared.

We took two long plane rides to Florida. When we arrived in Florida, my heart soared. The people welcoming us were strangers, but they came with a big banner, American flags, shouting “Welcome to America” and hugging us. In that moment, the fear of a strange new place was replaced by a feeling almost like we had family and friends here already. Even our apartment was ready and food was prepared for our first dinner.

Our home of Sudan had given us nothing but persecution and violence, and now in a strange place we were welcomed with love and in the spirit of Christ. This was a moment that will resonate in my mind and in our family’s mind forever. When I think about the role of the church, I always think about how cared for and loved my family felt when we arrived.

Now I work serving refugees in Christ’s name, and I am so thankful that I can do for other refugees what was done for me.

Please join me in prayer:

  • For the estimated 21.3 million refugees in the world today, each one made in the image of God with inherent dignity and potential, that God would protect their lives.
  • For the many refugees who are persecuted particularly because of their Christian faith, that God would strengthen and reward them.
  • For refugees persecuted for other reasons — whether political opinions, ethnicity, religion, or another reason — that they would be welcomed and protected in the countries to which they flee.
  • For refugees resettled into the United States, that local churches would continue to welcome them and that public policies would allow for refugees to continue to be welcomed.

Thank you,

Nhial Kou Dinka

Resettlement Specialist

World Relief, Jacksonville, Florida

Queridos amigos en Cristo,

Nací en lo que fue una vez Sudán y que ahora forma parte de Sudán del Sur. Cuando era joven, vivía con mi familia en una aldea llamada Renk. Éramos muy felices. Pero entonces estalló una guerra en el país entre el movimiento rebelde, que estaba luchando para que Sudán tuviera un gobierno democrático, y el gobierno, que quería hacer cumplir las leyes religiosas musulmanas.

Un día el gobierno y los rebeldes vinieron a nuestra aldea y empezaron a disparar en el pueblo. Nuestra familia abandonó el lugar y nos trasladamos a Khartoum, la capital, en donde asistí a una escuela musulmana. A pesar de que yo asistía a esa escuela, el gobierno comenzó a acosarme porque sabía que yo era cristiano.

Así que mi familia y yo volamos a Egipto en donde nos convertimos en refugiados. Es muy doloroso pensar en mi ciudad atacada por la guerra y más difícil aun ver gente asesinada, o teniendo que escapar y separarse de su familia. Así que uno se pregunta ¿por qué pasa todo esto? ¿Es todo este odio y violencia solo porque creemos en Cristo?

Nuestra familia aplicó para restablecerse en los Estados Unidos y fuimos aceptados. Fue una gran oportunidad, pero al mismo tiempo un momento en el que me sentí muy temeroso; estábamos yendo a un lugar extraño en el que no conocía a nadie y yo estaba muy asustado.

Tomamos dos largos vuelos hasta llegar a Florida. Cuando llegamos, mi corazón se estremeció. Las personas que nos recibieron eran extraños, pero llegaron con una gran pancarta, banderas americanas y, abrazándonos, gritaban: “¡Bienvenidos a América!”. En ese momento, el miedo a un lugar desconocido fue reemplazado por un sentimiento como si casi ya tuviéramos amigos y familia en este lugar. Incluso nuestro apartamento ya estaba listo con alimentos preparados para nuestra primera cena.

Nuestro hogar en Sudán solo nos ha dado persecución y violencia, y ahora, en un lugar desconocido éramos recibidos con amor en el Espíritu de Cristo. Este fue un momento que quedará para siempre en mi mente y en la de mi familia. Cuando pienso en el papel de la Iglesia, siempre recuerdo cuánto cuidado y amor recibimos cuando llegamos.

Ahora yo trabajo ayudando a los refugiados en nombre de Cristo y me siento muy agradecido de que pueda hacer por otros lo que antes hicieron por mí.

Por favor, únanse conmigo en la Oración para que:

  • Dios proteja las vidas de cada uno de los más de 21.3 millones de refugiados que hay en el mundo hoy, hechos a imagen de Él con un inherente potencial y dignidad.
  • Dios pueda fortalecer y premiar a los muchos refugiados que son perseguidos particularmente por su Fe Cristiana.
  • Sean bienvenidos y protegidos en los países a los que viajan los refugiados perseguidos por otras razones, sean estas políticas, étnicas, religiosas o por cualquier otra causa.
  • Las iglesias locales puedan continuar dando la bienvenida a los refugiados que se restablecen en los Estados Unidos, y para que las políticas públicas permitan a estos refugiados ser bienvenidos.


Nhial Kou Dinka

Especialista en Reasentamiento

World Relief, Jacksonville, Florida

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