Welcoming the Stranger

Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

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Matthew Soerens, Jenny Yang, Leith Anderson
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic Press
    , July
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Vahisha Hasan forthcoming.


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 immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang 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.

This revised edition includes new material on refugees and updates in light of changes in political realities.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and the national coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table. Previously, Matthew served as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor with World Relief's local office in Wheaton, Illinois.

Jenny Yang is the Senior Vice President of advocacy and policy for World Relief.

Leith Anderson is Senior Pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is the author of eight books including Dying for Change and A Church for the 21st Century. He is the president of the U. S. National Association of Evangelicals.

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