Orange County Latino Prayer Breakfast Focuses on Immigrants

Communications Associate

July 11, 2016

SANTA ANA — Nearly 200 people, including local and national faith leaders and the Orange County sheriff-coroner, gathered to talk about immigrants and immigration at the second Latino prayer breakfast in Orange County on Saturday.

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 hosted the event.

“Immigration is not an issue but a reality around the world,” said Tamara, Lead Pastor at The Way Christian Center and a Peruvian immigrant who came to the U.S. 23 years ago. “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. … We are here for community. We are here for a cause.”

“Sixty-three million people have been forcefully displaced around the world, with more than 20 million becoming refugees,” said the Rev. Glen Peterson, who directs the World Relief office in Garden Grove. “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.”

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas attended the event, at which Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens focused on the importance of 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.”