Immigration & Refugee Ministries

When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

—Leviticus 19:33-34

In dozens of countries around the world, people are pushed to the margins of life, driven out of their homes and communities by armed conflict, gross human rights violations and fear of persecution. Millions of refugees risk extreme heat in deserts, endure squalor in camps and brave voyages across turbulent seas for the chance to live in freedom.

Immigration and Refugee Ministries is committed to providing resources and services to our immigrant and refugee communities as well as to the congregations that are opening doors to them. The ministry actively maintains an extensive ministry of resettlement assistance for persons without homes and country, while providing a variety of resources to assist individuals and congregations on immigration awareness and reform.

The marginal people of Jesus’ day were his special concern. When we welcome the refugee–the stranger in our midst–we welcome Christ. Since 1948, American Baptists have been resettling refugees in cooperation with Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program. This faithfulness has made ABHMS’ Refugee Resettlement Program a cornerstone of American Baptist mission at home in the United States. In the more than five decades since American Baptists began this ministry, churches have sponsored more than 93,000 refugees, providing them a safe haven and a new home.


For additional information about ABHMS’ Immigration and Refugee Ministries, contact Tina Harp, administrative coordinator, Intercultural Ministries, at 610.768.2414.