EDITORIAL: “Christians, don’t forget about the world’s refugees”

It will come any day now.

The decision regarding how many refugees will be resettled into the U.S. next year is looming.

In the last three years, the number of refugees we have received has dropped drastically, and there are reports that number could go as low as zero for 2020. This is no longer about reducing resettlement from the Middle East or primarily Muslim-majority countries. This is a decimation of refugee resettlement altogether, which includes fully-verified persecuted Christians, children, women and men facing the most vulnerable and dangerous situations all over the world.

BEFORE PASSING OVER THIS ARTICLE as just “another thing about refugees,” I strongly encourage you to read the wide range of voices within including Christian leaders, men and women of the United States Senate, retired admirals and generals from the U.S. military, economists, USCIS, and a refugee family in our church. If you read these perspectives with an open heart and mind, I can’t imagine you will be left unaffected.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

God’s love for the immigrant, refugee, and foreigner is a consistent biblical theme, and he calls his people to do the same. Jesus Christ himself, the greatest example of love, implores us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or status…

According to a report published by USCIS in 2018, our refugee resettlement program is continually improving its already stringent screening and vetting processes. These include biometric and biographic checks at multiple points, in-person interviews, and multiple security and medical clearances before a person or family is admitted into the U.S.The highest priority is given to people facing the gravest dangers, including women and children, and to family reunification of spouses, children, and parents. Many people are surprised to learn that the top four countries from which the U.S. government currently resettles refugees are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Bhutan.

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Our church in Tulsa, OK was blessed to receive a young refugee family from one of these countries in 2017. They were accepted for refugee resettlement because they were experiencing persecution for their Christian faith. The parents and children immediately became involved in our church and remain an active part of our ministries. Both parents have secured jobs and are contributing to our city. To us they are living proof that refugee resettlement is of great value to both the refugees themselves and the communities who receive them. If the changes at hand do in fact take place, no Christian refugee families from their country will be considered for resettlement.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

(Cover Photo – Families in Tulsa waiting for the family members to arrive as refugees resettled by the USRAP program – photo credit News on 6 Tulsa) 

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