World Premiere Film Event Explores Biblical Response to Immigration

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World Premiere Film Event Explores Biblical Response to Immigration

‘The Stranger’ Premieres in Chicago Ahead of Nationwide Screenings

CHICAGOThe Stranger, a documentary film that looks at immigration from a biblical perspective, premiered Wednesday before more than 200 people at Park Community Church in Chicago.

The film highlights the stories of three families who are caught in our broken immigration system. It is available for download via Already, more than 500 screenings are scheduled in more than 30 states.

During a call Tuesday and at a panel discussion following the screening, national and local evangelical leaders spoke about the immense human costs our immigration system exacts on churches, families and communities:

Paco Amador, Pastor, New Life Community Church, Little Village, Chicago:
“The Stranger describes the kind of immigration reform that we as evangelicals believe our nation needs. This is not an obscure issue being talked about in semi-empty halls of government buildings. It is a daily conversation at kitchen tables, classrooms, boardrooms, factories, parks and social venues throughout the land, with direct impact for countless individuals, families and entire communities.

“The kind of immigration reform we are seeking has the power to influence the destiny of our country for generations to come by providing real hope and opportunities for every hardworking and responsible person within our borders. This film paints our message in human strokes.”

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:
“Some people think immigration reform is most about politics but it’s really about people. The Stranger is the stories of real people.”

Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association, Chicago:
“The new documentary The Stranger is another important effort to educate and mobilize a growing movement of evangelicals across a wide spectrum that have joined our effort to reform our broken immigration system.”

Peter Hong, Lead Pastor, New Community Covenant Church, Chicago:
“We as evangelicals are a people of the Word. God’s call for us to ‘welcome the stranger among you’ (Matthew 25) is a clear mandate to follow in the steps of our Master. This film should motivate and encourage churches across this country to act as agents of grace and justice in their communities and cities. The time to act is now!”

Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners:
“This film powerfully demonstrates the substantial costs our broken immigration system imposes on families. It also shows why addressing this moral crisis is a major test for our nation’s politics. We must live into the hope of a better future and stronger country inspired by the common good. This film reveals the opportunity available to our leaders and the suffering that will continue if action isn’t taken.”

Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, World Relief:
“An inspiring film that highlights the human side of immigration beyond the politics, The Stranger presents the stories of real people from our own evangelical community who are impacted by our broken laws. This film will be a critical tool that the church can use to elevate the conversation of what it means to carry out a biblical call to welcome the stranger among us.”

Join the conversation on Twitter using #Pray4Reform and follow the film @thestrangerfilm.

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