"I was a stranger and you took me in"

Publisher:  Canadian Baptist Federation
Year Published:  1989  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX4115

Abstract:  Why sponsor a refugee? Refugees and immigrants bring crime, disease and a pack of other troubles to Canada, don't they?
Such misconceptions stem from misinformation and poor education. This kit from the Canadian Baptist Refugee Services (CBRS) describes the refugee situation, explains typical misconceptions, and details how to sponsor a refugee.
The main body of the kit divides roughly into two parts. Looking at the root causes and historical background of the world refugee situation, the paper argues that the Christian duty is to sponsor: "Many Old Testament passages speak of our responsibility to be generous and hospitable to the strangers, aliens and sojourners among us .... The New Testament emphasizes love for our neighbour, and acting in compassion because of who we are as Christ's followers." The second part provides a step-by-step explanation of each stage of planning, preparation and procedure during a sponsorship period.
The kit includes background on CBRS and its efforts to publicize the plight of refugees, to find sponsors, and to educate its constituents about international issues of justice and freedom.
Although directed towards Baptist congregations and small groups, the kit will be of interest to anybody wishing to sponsor a refugee. The appendix lists dozens of related groups and contacts for assistance and information.

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