December 1, 2016
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach the celebration of the coming of our Lord, I have reflected on the varied and many things occurring in the world at this time. Most especially, as we continually approach uncertain times, what should be our response? How should we approach change? For myself, it gives me great comfort to remember Who is actually in control. As I continue to pray for our wonderful Immigration Alliance, it has become apparent, at this crucial time in our world, we need to be reminded as to Who is really in charge.
It gives me, and I hope you, great peace to be reminded that our God, The Lion of Judah, the Lamb that was Crucified for you and I, is in control at all times.
‘Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.’ Psalm 146:3
‘ ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and onearth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, “…’ Matthew 28:19
‘ “Whose likeness is this,” He asked, “and whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they answered. So Jesus told them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” And when they heard this, they were amazed.’ Matthew 28:21
‘Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.’ Romans 13:1
There are a lot of emotions stemming from the recent elections. It is easy to get caught up on either side. I will tell you one thing: Before the election, we had a mission, we had a vision, values and a purpose. After the election, we have a mission, we have a vision, values and we have a purpose.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5-6
The Immigration Alliance envisions the Spirit of God equipping every church to intentionally embrace and holistically empower every immigrant. We seek to join the Spirit led movement that nurtures partnerships among immigrants and churches by equipping and enriching one another in the journey of grace.
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we continue in our Mission and Vision, I have found that these following prayer reminders have helped me to continue to focus on what is important in our world:
- Pray for attentiveness to what truly matters, without being distracted by trivial things.
- Pray for opportunities to learn something new regularly.
- Pray for discernment of how God would like you to set your priorities and the ability to focus on them consistently to fulfill His purposes in your life.
- Pray for the grace to be able to rest, become aware of God’s presence, and enjoy it.
- Pray for strong relationships with other people in the bond of loving community.
- Pray for peace in all situations, no matter what the circumstances.
- Pray for an enlivened imagination that helps you contribute to the world in creative ways.
- Pray for freedom from all that burdens you – past mistakes, fears, destructive habits, hurts other people have inflicted, and more.
- Pray for joy and a sense of humor.
- Pray for confidence in God’s love for you and trust in His power to work things out for the best in your life.
- Pray for a clear mind and the ability to clearly communicate what you value to others.
- Pray for purity so you can grow as a person and encounter God more fully.
- Pray for openness to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
- Pray for a genuine awareness of God’s grace in your life and the humility to extend grace to others.
- Pray for a passion to pursue justice.
Thank you for your faithfulness and your commitment to The Immigration Alliance, its Mission, Vision and Purpose. I urge us all to continue to be informed, to continue our work as usual, nothing has changed. The laws which we operate under have not been modified or reversed. Service to our clients and friends is most important, not speculation or assumptions!!
Lastly, but if laws do change, remember our mission does not. It continues to follow from our commitment to Our Lord and His reminder to love our neighbor. We will always work with the legal structure which exists at any given time to express our mission as best we are able.
God Bless you and keep you in the coming days, do not be discouraged, commit all you efforts to the Lord!!
In the spirit of faithfulness and encouragement, your servant,
Leo Gus Haddad
L Gus Haddad, Chair