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Survey: More Churches Fear Refugees Than Actually Help Them

Survey: More Churches Fear Refugees Than Actually Help Them

Recent research sponsored by the humanitarian organizations World Relief and World Vision reveal that though most churches feel it is important to help refugees, fear is more common than action.

According to the survey of about 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted by LifeWay Research, 44% of church congregations have “a sense of fear about global refugees coming to the United States.” By contrast, only 27% have gotten involved in helping them in any way. And, though 98% of the pastors said that they are “at least somewhat informed about the Syrian refugee crisis,” just 35% have addressed it at all from the pulpit.

The good news from the survey is that there does seem to be widespread agreement that “Christians have a responsibility to care sacrificially for refugees and foreigners.” However, at this point, there seems to be some disconnect in agreeing that churches need to do more, and actually doing it.

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