The Poor, The Widow, and The Foreigner

  • Over 1 million legal immigrants come to the United States each year.
  • Although illegal immigration is currently at its lowest point in decades, there are about 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, and between 280,000 and 500,000 living in Arizona.
  • Tucson is one of the nation’s top destinations for refugees, and Northminster shares a campus with two sister congregations comprised primarily of refugees: the Middle Eastern Presbyterian Fellowship, and the Bethesda African Fellowship.

Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.

–Exodus 23:9

  • In Biblical times, widows and orphans were vulnerable largely because they could not support themselves, and thus were at extreme risk of poverty.
  • About 15% of the U.S. population lives below the federal poverty line, which is $23,050 for a family of four in 2012. Among Hispanics and African-Americans, the number is over 25%.
  • Over 1 billion people globally live on less than $1 per day, and over 3 billion (about half of all people) live on less than $2.50 per day.
  • 22,000 children die each day as a result of poverty.

If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

–Deuteronomy 15:7

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