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  • Refugee children finding sense of normalcy

    by Bonnie Pritchett/ Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (17 days ago)

    Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An international ensemble of eight guitarists enthusiastically played and sang during a December rehearsal. The musicians, like the other refugee children attending weekly classes at the Ethnic Group Academy, reveled in the experience, happy that for at least a couple of hours that Saturday afternoon they could just be kids.

    EGA is a ministry of Hanmaum International Baptist Church, a predominantly South Korean congregation. When Pastor Jong Su Heo learned six years ago about the influx of refugees into Tarrant County, he asked God how his congregation could help. The answer? A reconsideration of the term "foreign missions." Read More

  • Teenage refugee finds family through adoption

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (17 days ago)

    Photo by Arianne Ball
    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Many parents approach their children's teenage years with some trepidation, but Kelly and Shellie Carson began parenting at age 28 by adopting 17-year-old Kiir just before he aged out of the Texas foster care system.

    Kiir says that if the Carsons had not adopted him, he might have ended up homeless and hopeless, Shellie Carson told the TEXAN. Read More

  • At Thanksgiving, immigrants & refugees cherish freedom

    by Joe Westbury, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Dung Duong remembers the long walk from South Vietnam to Cambodia as he, his father and brother fled life at the hands of the communists who had overrun their nation 15 years earlier.

    The year was 1989 but thoughts of that suffering -- including losing friends who took to the open sea in small boats and were never rescued -- remains with him to this day. Read More

  • Challenges keep D.C. church plant rooted in prayer

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, November 03, 2016 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy The Well Community Church
    SILVER SPRING, Md. (BP) -- The entire refugee family huddled in terror in the back room of their Riverdale, Md., apartment. For hours, a piercing shriek had filled their home. As new arrivals from a developing nation, they had no idea the alarm was warning them about deadly fumes in the house.

    Finally, their neighbor, Eric So, was able to get into the apartment, where he found an unlit burner on the stove was spewing gas. A spark could have set off a horrible explosion. Even without a fire, the family soon would have been overcome by the fumes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Refuge for refugees

    by Diana Davis, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (3 months ago)

    As refugees continue to arrive in America -- and in your community -- there are plenty of ways to overcome uncertainty and "show God's love and share His plan of salvation," Diana Davis writes. "When we see immigrants as individuals who are dearly loved by God, it's easy to truly care," she writes. Read More

  • Former SBC pres. on '60 Minutes,' addresses refugee crisis

    by Margaret Colson, posted Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (3 months ago)

    Screen capture from CBS News
    MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Amid today's tumult of political rhetoric and social discourse about Syrian refugees entering the U.S., a pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president spoke out in an Oct. 16 "60 Minutes" report, as well as a Sept. 11 sermon, calling on Christians to lean on God's Word to determine how to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

    Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, said Christians are not to make decisions about Syrian refugees "by our feelings, by our fears, by talk radio, by political candidates, by political ideology, by news stations, by news outlets and publications. Read More

  • Political engagement, trust in God's sovereignty urged

    by SBTS Communications , posted Monday, October 17, 2016 (3 months ago)

    SBTS Photo by Emil Handke.
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Jesus is the "ultimate" refugee and immigrant, and as a result the church has a responsibility to love and care for strangers in their land, said Georgia pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president Bryant Wright during an Oct. 11 chapel message during Heritage Week at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "The role of government is different. The role of government includes a protection of the citizens, but our role in the church is to love our neighbor," said Wright, who received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary in 1979. "And we are called to do ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Refugees - retreat or welcome?

    by Erich Bridges, posted Monday, October 17, 2016 (3 months ago)

    With millions of refugees across the world -- half of them from Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan -- evangelicals face a choice: retreat or extend a welcome, missions columnist Erich Bridges writes. Churches, he notes, "have been the primary sponsors and welcomers of refugees to the U.S. since the aftermath of the Vietnam War. We still are -- for now." Read More

  • Proposed S.C. refugee registry draws criticism

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (10 months ago)

    "Whatever one thinks about refugee policy, this bill is a step backward on religious freedom."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Evangelical advocates for religious liberty and refugee resettlement are dismayed by proposed legislation in South Carolina that could penalize churches that aid exiles from other countries.

    The South Carolina Senate passed legislation March 23 to require a sponsoring organization to register a refugee with the state's Department of Social Services within 30 days after he or she enters the state. In addition, the sponsor would be "strictly liable" in civil court if the refugee commits an act of terrorism or another violent crime. Read More

  • ERLC, IMB urge prayer for refugees March 15

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, March 14, 2016 (10 months ago)

    "The lives of these many refugees ... matter to our God, and so they should matter to us as well." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is collaborating with the International Mission Board and other organizations to urge prayer March 15 for the millions of refugees of the Syrian civil war.

    The March 15 focus of the campaign -- #PrayForRefugees -- comes on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in the Middle Eastern country. The ERLC and its partners are calling for churches, small groups, Christian organizations, families and individuals to pray for the more than 13.5 million Syrians who need humanitarian assistance as a result of the ... Read More