How you can do justice for immigrant neighbors in need

immigrant neighbors

Are you tired of demeaning rhetoric? Upset over the treatment of immigrant and refugee neighbors? Passionate about justice but don’t know how to offer practical assistance? We want to help. Let us show you how you can do justice for immigrant neighbors in need.

Alleviate fear for immigrant neighbors

One of the best ways to demonstrate loving concern for immigrant neighbors is to alleviate fear. You can do that with a Family Safety Plan. We want to provide you with the most comprehensive plan available at Restore. Restore is our annual conference, held virtually on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24. Check out the site – and invite others to join you.

A generous donor made the event free this year.  With issues of race and immigration gripping the headlines, they wanted to bring in national leaders to guide us in a Biblically centered conversation with practical application.  

Serve immigrant neighbors with love and peace

We believe God loves all people regardless of their status. At least 28 times in the Bible, Jesus encourages his followers with the words, “Do not be afraid.”

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Jn. 14:27

We know the future can be frightening. While our country is greatly divided over the presence of individuals without lawful status, we believe Jesus welcomes the stranger. We believe He provides peace amid a broken world. Because we follow Him, we want to share that peace.

Our belief is that God created all people in His image. He has a purpose for every life and that purpose is to have a relationship with Him and know that He desires to prosper and not harm them. He wants to provide hope and a future. Jer. 29:11.

Serve immigrant neighbors recognizing we are ALL lawbreakers

Everyone has broken the law, especially God’s law. We call that sin. But God so loved us that He became an immigrant. He left his home in Heaven to come to Earth to die for us. Heaven’s immigration policy is wonderful. You just need to believe Jesus is God’s son who willingly died to pay for your penalty, your sin.  And God welcomes you to His kingdom where every tribe, tongue, and nation is present. Rev. 5:9  And because God welcomes the stranger or foreigner, so do we.

I think many Christians struggle with “illegals”.  While no person is illegal, the action of crossing a border without authorization is unlawful.  The action has not always been criminal and the majority of those unlawfully present in the United States over the last decade have not committed a crime but a civil violation for overstaying a visa.  The challenge for most individuals is understanding the complexities of laws surrounding immigration in a sound-bite world.  We hope you will take the opportunity at Restore to move beyond the rhetoric and enter into deeper conversations, understanding, and action.

Help Assess Areas of Need

immigrant neighborsRestore was created as a gathering place for justice advocates to be refreshed and outfitted for the journey ahead.  Born out of the book Gospel Justice, we recognize we can all be beaten down by injustice and need someone to stop and restore us so we can stop and restore others.  Get restored and gain fresh insights and tools.  One tool we will offer you at Restore is a Family Safety Plan.  The plan begins with 15 questions for a self-assessment. The plan offers powerful practical advice to protect families.

Some questions help determine whether a change in status is possible through VAWA, U-Visa, T-Visa, or others. Some questions determine whether one’s relationship status impacts the ownership of homes, vehicles, and bank accounts. Common-law marriage is common in some countries but not in the United States. Other questions involve businesses that many immigrants run. Others involve the workplace, home, and school.

In each instance, there is practical guidance on what to do and how to find help. From avoidance of notarios and scam artists to resource listings and 800 numbers of reputable help. From gathering important information to creating a list for numbers, passwords, and people. This is quite simply the most comprehensive resource available. The resource also includes an outline for holding a one-hour community seminar.

Learn Ways to Offer Practical Help to Immigrant Neighbors

Immigration law is complex, but loving your neighbor is not.  What is the balance?  Come to Restore and hear from experts who are navigating the tension.  Our speakers and panelists can guide you through best practices and practical applications.  Matt Soerens wrote the books Welcoming the Stranger and Seeking Refuge.  He has spent years helping churches and individuals love their immigrant neighbors. In addition to giving our keynote talk on Saturday morning of the conference, Matt is leading a book discussion of his book Welcoming the Stranger at our next AJ Book Club. Register to join us on Zoom for that discussion! Alex Mandes founded Immigrant Hope and was the former director of the Evangelical Immigration Table.  His new book, Embracing the New Samaria, releases this fall.

Gracie Travis Murphree works in Honduras and sees firsthand the violence our Central American neighbors are fleeing.  Her book Journey to Justice contains heartbreaking stories of what compels people to make a long treacherous journey to the United States.  Dennae Pierre is the daughter of a Honduran immigrant who leads the Surge Network in Arizona.  Her book, Healing Prayers & Meditations to resist a violent world, helps root us in the heart of God as we wrestle with justice issues.

Join this panel of experts as we explore Biblically centered responses to immigration and race. And select which Saturday breakout sessions you plan to attend!

1 Comment

  1. George H. on April 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I liken this to a statement made by the late evangelist D.T. Niles – “Evangelism is one beggar telling another where to find food.” Spiritually we are all beggars. Also some, even Christians have had a deep concern about the influx of immigrants, not realizing that we don’t have to send missionaries to reach foreign people, because they are already here.

    This is why we help others, it helps us to earn the right to speak. One who wins the heart and soul of an immigrant locally has already become a missionary.

    Isaiah 43:4 (NASB) – “Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other people in your place and other nations in exchange for your life.”