Welcoming the Stranger
IVP Books

Welcoming the Stranger

Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang
Foreword by Leith Anderson

Welcoming the Stranger
  • Formats: epub, mobi and pdf
  • Published: February 2010
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-7840-6
  • Item Code: 7840

Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable.

In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.


1. The Immigration Dilemma
2. "Aliens Among You": Who Are Undocumented Immigrants?
3. Nation of Immigrants: A Historical Perspective on Immigration to the United States
4. Immigrating the Legal Way: Our Immigration System Today
5. Thinking Biblically About Immigration
6. Concerns About Immigration
7. The Value of Immigration to the United States
8. The Politics and Policies of Immigration Reform
9. The Church and Immigration Today
10. A Christian Response to the Immigration Dilemma
Appendix 1: World Relief Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Appendix 2: Discussion Questions
Appendix 3: Ministries and Organizations Serving Immigrants and Refugees in the United States
Appendix 4: Ministries and Organizations Addressing the Root Causes of Immigration
Appendix 5: Selected Resources for Learning More About the Immigration Issue
Appendix 6: Tools for Political Advocacy


Matthew Soerens serves as the US Church Training Specialist for World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. In that role, he helps local churches and denominations to address issues of immigration from a distinctly biblical perspective. Previously, Matthew served as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor with World Relief's local office in Wheaton, Illinois.

BY Matthew Soerens

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