‘The Stranger’ to Premiere on GOD TV
Film Explores Biblical Response to Immigration
WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 22, 2016 — This weekend, The Stranger will make its television premiere on GOD TV, a worldwide faith-based programming service on TV and online.
The film, which highlights the stories of three families caught in our broken immigration system, has been screened nearly 3,700 times in 47 states and Washington, D.C., since its debut in June 2014.
It will air tomorrow at 8:45 p.m. EST and Sunday at 1:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EST, online as well as on television. The screening is part of the network’s broader focus on refugees, which includes a social media effort using hashtag #loveyourneighbour.
“The Stranger challenges perceptions of what is the ‘typical’ immigrant story and shows how the strangers in our midst are also our co-workers, neighbors, classmates, and sisters and brothers in Christ,” said Liuan Huska, whose family is featured in the film.
Pastor Derrick Smith and his wife, Meghan, speak in the film about their involvement with the Kaleidoscope Multi-Ethnic Fellowship in South Carolina and about welcoming our immigrant neighbors.
“Christians have a unique opportunity to show the love of Jesus by welcoming the stranger among us,” said Meghan Smith. “The Stranger shows us how our faith can inform our politics and how scripture can serve as our guide for how to address the important issue of immigration reform.”
“While the rhetoric of fear dominates the political conversation surrounding refugees and immigrants in our country, it is more important than ever to have a biblically grounded view of the Christian necessity to welcome the stranger,” Derrick Smith said. “There are eternal ramifications. This film explores real stories that humanize the issue.”
“The Stranger offers a stirring presentation of the biblical and human dimensions of our nation’s debate on immigration reform,” said Dr. Barrett Duke, Vice President of Public Policy and Research for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, who is interviewed in the film. “Before you make up your mind about this important issue that affects millions of families, you should watch this film.”