WHEREAS, 1985 marks the tenth anniversary of Southern Baptist settlement of Indochinese refugees; and
WHEREAS, During this ten-year period Southern Baptists have sponsored approximately 12,000 Indochinese refugees resulting in 281 ethnic Southern Baptist congregations in the United States; and
WHEREAS, An additional 2,618 refugees from nineteen countries have also been resettled; and
WHEREAS, Ten million refugees worldwide await sponsors and the opportunity for personal and religious liberty; and
WHEREAS, The Office of Refugee and Immigration Service of the Home Mission Board is seeking to assist Southern Baptist churches in sponsoring 1,000 refugees during 1985.
Be it therefore RESOLVED, That we, the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Dallas, June 11-13, 1985, encourage our people to increase their involvement in resettlement of legal refugees through the enlistment of sponsors and the provision of church-centered ministries.