Welcoming the Stranger in Today's Immigration System

Through immigration, a great missional opportunity has landed right on our doorstep, but oftentimes our own fears and misunderstandings have prevented us from taking concrete action. This seminar will explore common myths and facts about immigrants and provide specific action steps you can take to be a part of God’s mission of reaching all people from all nations without having to cross the border.
Matthew Soerens

(as of 2012)

Matthew Soerens serves as the US Church Training Specialist for World Relief, which is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals.  In that role, he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values.  Matthew previously served as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois and, before that, with Pueblos en Accion Comunitaria, World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua.

Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College and his Master’s Degree from DePaul University’s School of Public Service.  He is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and has written for publications such as Christianity Today, PRISM, and Lifeway’s Living with Teenagers.  He blogs at www.g92.org.  Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, Matthew lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife, Diana.

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