Orange County Leaders to Focus on Immigrants, Immigration at Latino Prayer Breakfast

Assistant Director of Communications

July 8, 2016

Sheriff-Coroner Hutchens to Join Faith Leaders

SANTA ANA — Local and national faith leaders and the Orange County sheriff-coroner are among the 250 participants expected Saturday at the second Latino prayer breakfast of Orange County, which will focus on immigrants and immigration.

The theme, “I Was a Stranger,” quotes from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:35 regarding immigrants. Orange County First Assembly of God and the Rev. Fernando Tamara are hosting the event, at which media are welcome.

“Immigration is not an issue but a reality around the world,” said Tamara, Lead Pastor at The Way Christian Center. “When people migrate from one place to another, they do it because they look for new opportunities in life. It is sad when some people prohibit the entrance of life into the land that only belongs to God.”

The event also will feature the Rev. Glen Peterson, who directs the World Relief office in Garden Grove.

“Sixty-three million people have been forcefully displaced around the world, with more than 20 million becoming refugees,” Peterson said. “The church has the opportunity to become centers of trust for newcomers learning to integrate into American culture.  We need to stand with the vulnerable.”

Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens will focus on joining together to make sure everyone in our communities is safe.

“There are many challenges facing our nation.  Issues like immigration can be addressed by working collaboratively, and engaging leaders from throughout the community,” Hutchens said. “Together we can ensure that Orange County and America remain a safe and secure place for all.”