New Refugee Policy Provides New Ministry Opportunities

The Biden Administration’s decision to increase the U.S. refugee ceiling from 15,000 to 125,000 is giving congregations opportunities to cultivate new  partnerships.

Bryant Wright, President of Send Relief, said, “It’s the government’s role to determine the immigration and refugee resettlement policy for our nation…It’s the church’s role to show the love of Christ in hopes that their hearts will be open to receiving the greatest expression of God’s love through salvation in Jesus Christ.”

A ministry of the South Baptist Convention, Send Relief works cooperatively with the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board.

“Jesus commanded the church to go and take the gospel to the nations,” said Wright, a former SBC president. “So, when the nations come to where we live in the United States, what an opportunity that God is giving the church to show Christ’s love.”

Other SBC leaders like Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said he prays disciples of Christ “will lead the revitalization of America’s commitment to be a beacon of freedom and safe harbor for the oppressed and persecuted.”

“Our advocacy for religious minorities is in peril around the world, whether they be Uyghurs in China or Christians in Syria, is a priority of our work at the ERLC,” said Moore, who expressed his gratitude for the administration’s recent actions. “Now is the time to rebuild America’s refugee resettlement program. … I urge the administration to take the next step and officially raise the refugee ceiling.”

President Biden’s new refugee cap ceiling will take effect with the new federal fiscal year 2021-2022 which begins July 1, 2021. Within the past ten 10 years ,according to the Pew Research Center, the United States has welcomed an average of about 67,000 refugees annually.

Source: Baptist Standard