The people we meet change our lives. Through hearing the stories and learning about the lives of others, we are transformed. And, it is for exactly those reasons that I hope you'll watch this short trailer and sign up to be one of the first people to watch The Stranger.
The Stranger is a new 45-minute documentary created to introduce Christians to the stories and lives of immigrants living in this country. Interviews with pastors, Christian leaders, and policy experts provide a biblically based context for the immigration challenges that face our country today. The film, commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table, was produced by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett.
Are you ever discouraged when friends or loved ones say disparaging things about immigrants? You know that if you could just get them to hear the stories of hardworking people who love God, their communities, and their families that you just might be able to get them to change their mind?
Then please, watch this trailer.
Have you been looking for a high-quality resource to help your church, school, small group, or friends think critically and compassionately about pressing issues of the day? Other documentaries too long for those group settings? Don't include a Christian perspective on the issue?
Have you been engaged in the issue of immigration already and are discouraged by the slow progress? In need of some encouragement and inspiration at the stories of evangelical Christians who are joining the fight?
Then this film is for you.
Whatever your situation, I think you'll find that The Stranger is exactly what you need -- it's what we on the Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned it for. We think it is the perfect tool to lift you up and help you truly communicate with your loved ones. By highlighting biblical teaching related to immigrants, sharing compelling stories of immigrants who are also evangelical Christians, and addressing some common misconceptions, The Stranger is the perfect tool to explain your convictions and motivate others to join you.
Honestly, our greatest hope isn't just that you'll watch this film. It's that you'll share it. We believe that commonsense immigration reform is possible in the next two months. But it won't happen without an outpouring of support from people like you across the country.
This film is the perfect opportunity to bring others into the conversation and show them that their voice matters in this fight. Families are being ripped apart and communities uprooted because we have failed to bring our immigration system into the 21st century.
All that we are missing is the political will. You can be a part of building it.
- Jim Wallis and the Sojourners team
Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners. His book, The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided, the updated and revised paperback version of On God's Side will be released in paperback this spring. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.