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Baptist World Alliance Passes Resolution on Unaccompanied Migrant Children

July 11, 2014

IZMIR, TURKEY — Today, the Baptist World Alliance Resolutions Committee unanimously passed a resolution that addresses the humanitarian crisis of undocumented children and some mothers fleeing their home countries. The resolution calls for a compassionate response, referencing the biblical call to welcome the stranger in our midst.

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix and Chair of the National Immigration Forum Board, is attending the meeting at which the resolution passed. The Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship that represents 100 million Baptists worldwide.

Dr. Stewart responded to the resolution with the following statement:

“It was my privileged responsibility to bring the unprecedented humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of undocumented Central American children entering the United States through our southwestern borders to the attention of the Resolutions Committee of the Baptist World Alliance.

“The BWA has a history of advocating for the human rights of the downtrodden, disadvantaged and despairing. Therefore, the delegates welcomed my recommendation to pass a resolution on this crisis that is challenging our nation, especially our states on the southwestern border, our Congress and the President Obama, as well as Mexican communities.

“Jesus Christ said in Mark 10:14 (NRSV), ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.’ The resolution also calls on churches and other organizations to show compassion in meeting the needs of these young people.”

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