Take the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge!

Moses the immigrant. Photo courtesy of migrationmuseum.

Moses the immigrant. Photo courtesy of migrationmuseum.


“When we study scriptures, we find that immigration is not a political issue primarily; it’s a biblical issue that has political implications.”

–Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association


For the next 40 days, you’re invited to take the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge designed by the Evangelical Immigration Table.

Here’s what it is:

“In a time when immigration has become a polarizing political issue, most Protestant Christians (91%, according to a 2010 Pew Research Center poll) admit that they do not primarily think about immigrants or immigration primarily through the lens of their Christian faith.

“In order to encourage those—both in local churches and in the halls of Congress—who profess to follow Jesus to allow their response to immigration to be infused with biblical values, we invite you to participate in a new initiative called “I Was a Stranger…,” which takes its name directly from Matthew 25:35, where Jesus says that by welcoming a stranger, we may be welcoming him. The focus of the challenge will be on inviting believers to read a short passage of Scripture each day for forty consecutive days that speaks to God’s heart for immigrants and to pray for the immigrants in their community.

 “Taking part in the challenge is simple. We’ve prepared a bookmark that lists forty different short biblical passages that relate in one way or another to the topic of immigration. Get your bookmark here, stick it in your Bible, and commit to reading one passage each day for forty consecutive days.”

You can download a digital image of the bookmark and print it yourself here.

Or you can just print off these passages:

1. Genesis 1:27-28

2. Exodus 12:49

3. Exodus 22:21

4. Exodus 23:9

5. Exodus 23:12

6. Leviticus 19:9-10

7. Leviticus 19:33-34

8. Leviticus 23:22

9. Leviticus 24:22

10. Numbers 15:15-16

11. Deuteronomy 1:16

12. Deuteronomy 10:18-19

13. Deuteronomy 24:14

14. Deuteronomy 24:17-18

15. Deuteronomy 24:19

16. Deuteronomy 26:12

17. Deuteronomy 27:19

18. Job 29:16

19. Psalm 94:6-7

20. Psalm 146:9

21. Jeremiah 7:5-7

22. Jeremiah 22:3

23. Ezekiel 22:6-7

24. Ezekiel 22:29

25. Zechariah 7:10

26. Malachi 3:5

27. Matthew 2:13-14

28. Matthew 25:35

29. Mark 2:27

30. Luke 10:36-37

31. Acts 16:37

32. Acts 17:26-27

33. Romans 12:13

34. Romans 13:1-2

35. Ephesians 2:14-18

36. Philippians 3:20

37. Hebrews 13:2

38. 1 Peter 2:11-12

39. 1 Peter 2:13-14

40. Revelation 7:9-10


Thanks for being a part of the challenge!


Post by Amy S.Z., Refugee & Immigration


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