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CARY, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina Baptists are stepping up their ministry to immigrants.
A new Baptist Immigrant Services (BIS) ministry being gradually launched by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) will set up a yet-unspecified number of immigration ministry centers across the state. The first center is being established in Lincolnton.
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The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is opening its initial immigration ministry center in Lincolnton.
Churches and associations will be encouraged to establish a variety of ministry efforts to engage immigrants with the Gospel. In addition, the ministry centers will be staffed by individuals trained and qualified to help immigrants understand their rights and immigration options.
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As those ministry centers develop in the coming months, they will be able to provide information and a biblical/theological understanding of immigration to help equip churches to meet and minister to their immigrant neighbors. Ministering to immigrants could include hosting immigrant families, providing hospitality and basic fellowship to them, or generally helping the newcomers become integrated in local communities.
The convention has named two leaders for the ministry: Longtime staffer Amaury Santos and contract worker Larry Phillips. Both Santos and Phillips earlier served with the convention as Hispanic church planters and each has held several other ministry assignments.
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Santos, who has worked with the North Carolina convention since 2007, is a native of Dominican Republic. He previously planted churches in Florida and later worked with the Florida Baptist Convention in church planting in partnership with the North American Mission Board.
Phillips served as a Southern Baptist missionary to Peru before relocating to North Carolina to serve with the state convention, often using his fluent Spanish. He is a South Carolina native who served 12 years as a pastor in North Carolina.
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Both Santos and Phillips hold multiple degrees, including doctorates from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake...
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