World Relief Calls on President Trump and Vice President Pence in support of refugees
A new effort to encourage the President to open the borders of the United States and remove his executive order restricting Islamic majority countries from resettling in the U.S. has been penned by the leaders of World Relief and signed by Christian leaders around the country.
"Regardless of policy changes, we will always welcome refugees," the self described Christian empowerment organization tweeted.
World Relief's effort has gained the support of leaders from all 50 states including Tim and Kathy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, author Ann Voskamp and Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry.
The letter written by the CEO and President of World Relief reads in its entirety,
Dear President Trump and Vice President Pence,
As Christian pastors and leaders, we are deeply concerned by the recently announced moratorium on refugee resettlement. Our care for the oppressed and suffering is rooted in the call of Jesus to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus makes it clear that our “neighbor” includes the stranger and anyone fleeing persecution and violence, regardless of their faith or country.
As Christians, we have a historic call expressed over two thousand years, to serve the suffering. We cannot abandon this call now. We live in a dangerous world and affirm the crucial role of government in protecting us from harm and in setting the terms on refugee admissions. However, compassion and security can coexist, as they have for decades. For the persecuted and suffering, every day matters; every delay is a crushing blow to hope.
Since the inception of the refugee resettlement program, thousands of local churches throughout the country have played a role in welcoming refugees of all religious backgrounds. Ministries to newly arrived refugees are ready, and desire to receive many thousands more people than would be allowed under the new executive order.
As leaders, we welcome the concern expressed for religious minorities, including persecuted Christians. Followers of Christ face horrific persecution and even genocide in certain parts of the world. While we are eager to welcome persecuted Christians, we also welcome vulnerable Muslims and people of other faiths or no faith at all. This executive order dramatically reduces the overall number of refugees allowed this year, robbing families of hope and a future. And it could well cost them their lives.
As Christians, we are committed to praying for our elected officials. Our prayer is that God would grant President Trump and all our leaders divine wisdom as they direct the course of our nation. We also pray for the vulnerable individuals whom their decisions directly impact.
Tim Breene, CEO, and Scott Arbeiter, President, and 3,107 Supporters