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A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis | An Evening with World Relief

How should christians respond to the Syrian Refugee Crisis


Wednesday, July 06, 2016
at McLean Bible Church Montgomery County

The world is facing the largest refugee crisis in a generation with over 60 million people displaced. Over half of refugees are children, and 24 people are forced to flee every minute. How should the church respond?

Hosted at McLean Bible Church’s Montgomery County Campus outside of Washington, D.C., this event featured three World Relief staff members with extensive knowledge and experience in the refugee crisis. James Misner (Vice President of Church Partnership), Matthew Soerens (U.S. Director of Church Mobilization and Co-Author of Seeking Refuge), and Jenny Yang (Vice President of Advocacy & Policy and Co-Author of Welcoming the Stranger) explored what the Bible says about refugees, how we should care for those who have been displaced, and how we balance compassion and security.


Matthew Soerens serves as the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief. He previously served as the Field Director for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical organizations of which World Relief is a founding member. He is the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016) and Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009).  Matthew is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and DePaul University. He lives in Aurora, Illinois with his wife Diana and their two children. (Follow Matthew on Twitter)

James Misner is the Vice President of Church Partnership for World Relief. He leads teams in the United States and around the world to deepen and expand cross-cultural partnerships. Prior to joining World Relief, James served on the pastoral staff at Wheaton Bible Church giving leadership in Global Outreach and Mobilization efforts, and before that worked on the outreach staff of McLean Bible Church. James has an undergraduate degree from American University and a Master’s in intercultural studies from Wheaton College. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Sabrina, and their daughter, Evelyn. (Follow James on Twitter)

Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy & Policy for World Relief. She has worked in the resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today. (Follow Jenny on Twitter)


McLean Bible Church is a family of people who believe in the Bible and salvation through Jesus. Their goal is to be a community that follows Him and makes disciples. The McLean Bible Church family consists of five visitor-friendly campuses around the Washington, DC metro area.

A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis event – Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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