“I was a stranger.”



We are a national movement of Christians committed to learning more about what the Bible says about “welcoming the stranger,” and living out these biblical principles in our churches, our communities and our nation.

He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt. (CEB)
PSALM 146:9
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. (NIV)
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (ESV)


Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost. We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.

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As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for
    those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents

To learn more about these principles and our approach to thinking biblically about immigrants and immigration reform click here.


Want to know what the Bible says about loving our immigrant neighbors? Get our FREE guide I Was a Stranger: What the Bible Says about Immigrants. It highlights 40 places in scripture showing God’s heart for those who have been displaced.


We can apply the teaching of the Bible to the challenges and opportunities of immigration through prayer, ministry and advocacy.


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