Evangelicals for Dreamers Gathering

Bethel College will be hosting this event on campus. Details published here were provided by event organizers.

Feb. 8, 2018 -- On Monday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m., Christians from across Michiana will gather at Bethel College’s Everest-Rohrer Auditorium to show their support for the Dreamers and learn about the needs of the immigrant communities among us. 

The Bible tells Christians to welcome the stranger and to be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful. The Evangelicals for Dreamers gathering will explore how Christians in America might fulfill these commands by supporting those among us who may lose their legal status with the expiration of the DACA program. All people, regardless of their faith or tradition, are encouraged to come out for a time or prayer, learning and a show of support for the immigrants in our community.

The evening will feature a time of cross-cultural worship, theological teachings on immigration from several pastors of evangelical churches, including pastors from immigrant churches, testimonies from several Dreamers of Michiana about how the end of DACA is affecting them and their families, and how the church can support them. There will also be an opportunity to make our voices known to our legislators concerning this issue.

If Congress resolves the Dreamer issue before this date, we will still gather to hear from our immigrant brothers and sisters and show them our support, for as Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” 

This event is supported by a number of Evangelical churches and organizations, including (but not limited to): the Office of Diversity-Bethel College, Tree of Life Anglican Church and Immigration Legal-Aid, Help With Love, The Sanctuary Network of South Bend, and Keller Park Missionary Church.

For more information, please contact Pastor Heather Ghormley, Tree of Life Anglican Church and Immigration Legal Aid Clinic, 574.217.3898, heather.ghormley@gmail.com.

Program 

Welcome: Redgina Hill, Office of Diversity, Bethel College

Opening Worship: (Granger Missionary’s Spanish congregation)

Why Evangelicals Should Care about Dreamers: Dr. David Cramer, Keller Park Missionary Church

How Immigration Issues Affect Immigrant Churches: Rev. Carlos Angulo, Granger Missionary Church

Dreamer Testimony: Mari Angelica (Bethel College student)

Advocating for Laws of Mercy: Rev. Heather Ghormley, Tree of Life Anglican Church and Immigration Legal-Aid Clinic

Trusting God; the African Immigrant Experience: (TBA)

Dreamer Testimony: Marlen Ortiz (St. Mary’s College student)

Border Perspectives: Yonathan Moya (Bethel College alumnus)

What Michiana Christians Can do to Help? Amy Hoteling, Help with Love

Closing Worship: The Bethel College Gospel Band (free will offering)

Closing Prayer Time: Pastor Amando Lopez, Iglesia uz y Vida Missionary Church