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Southern Baptists Lead the Way in Helping Syrian Refugees


Southern Baptists are leading the way in welcoming and ministering to Syrian refugees who have fled conflict in the Middle East and have entered into the U.S.

Conservative Christians are stepping up to help the group because they feel that their faith compels them to do so, the New York Times reports.

William Stocks is one of many Southern Baptist who is helping a few of the 10,000 Syrian refugees the U.S. welcomed this year.

Stock attends the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga. and it is one of 1,055 churches that have worked with World Relief, an evangelical resettlement organization, to help refugees and immigrants.

"My job is to serve these people," Stock said, "because they need to be served."

Although the 23-year-old has no teaching experience he is working to helping a Syrian family learn English.  He told the New York Times that he is willing to help families transition to life in the U.S.

"These are the most hospitable and loving people you'll ever meet, which is why it's frustrating to see the different things on the news that all these people are terrorists," Mr. Stocks said. "They don't know these people personally.

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has spoken out in favor of providing aid to refugees, despite others calling for a temporary ban on Muslim refugees because of the threat of terrorism.

"The task of the church is a different one," Moore said, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The church is called to see the image of God in all people and to minister Christ's presence to all people. That's what churches are doing."



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