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The G92 Fellowship is a selective semester-long program for college students. The Fellowship aims to develop leaders who promote a biblical understanding of and response to the issue of immigration among college students nationwide. Fellows will educate classmates and others within their campus community about issues of immigration ranging from theology to economics and public policy. Fellows will furthermore help students respond to the issue of immigration in a variety of ways, with a focus on advocacy.
What’s G92? G92 began at Cedarville University in Ohio in 2011 as a conference to equip the next generation of Christian leaders for an effective, distinctly biblical response to immigration. The name refers to the 92 references in the Old Testament to the Hebrew word for an immigrant, ger. G92 events have since occurred on college and high school campuses throughout the U.S.
Why immigration? At G92, we believe responding to the issue of immigration from a distinctly Christian perspective involves several things. For one thing, the Bible calls us to have a special concern for the vulnerable, including the immigrant. Part of that concern involves ministering to individual immigrants’ needs, of course. However, we believe that we must also address the systemic problems that limit many immigrants from flourishing.
When it comes to immigration, there is no question that our country’s current laws are harmful to millions of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Families are separated, workers are exploited, and approximately 11.5 million people are trapped in the shadows with no recourse to rectify their legal situation. However, our current system doesn’t only harm immigrants: it also presents public safety and national security risks, stifles economic growth, and mocks the ideal of the rule of law. In short, Christians should care about immigration reform because fixing dysfunctional laws is a great way to live out the biblical commandment to love our neighbors—including those who are immigrants.
Why now? Perhaps now more so than at any other point within the past few years, the issue of immigration is in the news for all the wrong reasons. For example, by the end of 2014, over 77,000 unaccompanied children will have arrived at the US border, many fleeing extreme violence in their countries of origin. As immigration reform stalls in Congress, the humanitarian crisis, economic problems, and security risks posed by our broken immigration system continue to grow. We have already waited too long for immigration reform, and we cannot afford to delay any longer.
Why you? Students have always had a unique ability to bring about change. In fact, students—many of them motivated by their Christian faith—were some of the key drivers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Today, you have a chance to carry on this tradition and bring about a significant, lasting change that could improve the lives of millions. In the process, you’ll also acquire valuable training and experience, equipping you for future ministry and career opportunities.
Why the G92 Fellowship? The G92 Fellowship will allow you to be a part of something huge: joining the national effort to help Christians engage with the issue of immigration from a distinctly biblical perspective. In addition, you will gain hands-on experience working in the fields of organizing/mobilization, public policy, and the intersection of faith and public life, among others. G92 Fellows also attend a weekend training in Washington, DC with all travel expenses paid.
Is this a paid position? This Fellowship does not offer financial compensation.
I am undocumented – can I apply? Absolutely! All are welcome to apply, regardless of legal status.
What level of commitment is expected?
Fellows will be expected and required to:
– Promote understanding of immigration from a biblical perspective on their college or university campus; examples of ways to do this include coordinating events, lectures, or film screenings, visiting classes, and working with existing campus groups to highlight this issue
– Mobilize their campus to engage with and tangibly support local immigrant communities (where available)
– Mobilize their campus to advocate for immigration reform, including generating contacts (calls, letters, in-person visits) to Members of Congress
– Attend and fully participate in a weekend training session in Washington, DC on October 4 & 5, 2014 (all travel expenses will be paid for those selected as G92 Fellows)
– Be accountable to G92 by participating in weekly one-on-one check-in calls and in a weekly group call of all G92 Fellows throughout the country
How do I apply? The application process for the Fall 2014 Fellowship is now closed.
I’ve applied for the Fall 2014 Fellowship – when will I hear back? All applicants will be informed by September 19 if they have been selected (please note that applications will be evaluated as they are received, and there are a limited number of spots available). G92 will then assist in arranging travel arrangements for the national training in Washington, D.C. on October 4 and 5.