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CANCELLED – Public Forum: Loving the Stranger

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Loving the Stranger: A Christian Reflection on Refugees and Immigration

6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Chapel
Open to the public, free admission
Childcare available for age 5 and under

Chicago attorney Hunter Wiggins will lay a Christ-centered foundation for issues involving refugees and asylum seekers. Then he will discuss changing interpretations of U.S. immigration law, what is happening to families and individuals at the border — and how Christians can respond.

Wiggins frequently travels to the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to give free legal representation to people seeking asylum in the U.S. He also has worked with refugees from Asia and Africa.

Tea in the time of war

by Jim Killam | 3-minute read


In 2013, a colleague and I were sent to Jordan by ReachGlobal, the Free Church’s world mission agency, to find stories of God at work. The war in Syria was almost two years old and Jordan was overwhelmed with refugee families. The church there represents a tiny minority population, but it has led the way in extending the love of Jesus.

Pastor Nour Sahawneh greets Syrian women arriving at the Christian Mission Alliance Church in Mafraq, Jordan. 2013 photo: Jim Killam

As journalists, we found more stories than we could ever tell — in makeshift apartments, in refugee tents and in churches serving as relief stations. We interviewed families who had just crossed the border after nightmare journeys out of Syria. Some showed us cellphone video of their homes being burned. We saw desperation in parents’ eyes as they arrived at a church, kids in tow, UN refugee papers in hand. Letting people tell us their stories was a way to extend dignity. Read More