Last October, g92.org helped to support a conference at Cedarville University in Ohio called G92. The conference took its name from the ninety-two references to the ger—the immigrant, in Hebrew—in the Old Testament. Its subtitle, “Equipping the Next Generation for an Effective, Biblical Response to Immigration,” fit closely with g92.org’s vision to “inspire and mobilize young evangelical Christians towards championing the needs of immigrants.” More than 1,000 people attended, representing about twenty different colleges. I left amazed at what God was clearly doing (and thankful for the courage and commitment of Cedarville University, which recently focused its entirely alumni magazine, The Torch, on the topic of immigration, include articles by several G92 keynote speakers).
The G92 movement has since grown beyond that first conference to a second conference at Samford University in Alabama, with several more conferences now in the works and student groups forming on Christian college campuses and through Christian ministries at other college campuses. As G92 grows, though, it will clearly need an online presence to provide resources, up-to-date information, and information and registration for conferences.
Meanwhile, g92.org has continued to grow as well: as we celebrated our first anniversary in January, our site had been visited by more than 25,000 unique visitors. A NEW DREAM, our signature film, has been viewed thousands of times (both online and screened at churches, on campuses, and at events like G92), won multiple awards, and was even referenced by the President of the United States in a speech. As a primarily online movement, though, g92.org has lacked a robust on-the-ground presence.
That’s why I and the rest of the folks who have worked hard to maintain this site are excited to announce that g92.org is being integrated into G92.org (there’s nothing there yet, but soon!), as the online presence of the G92 movement. Within the next few weeks, all the content that has been part of g92.org—videos, experiences, answers to basic questions, and this blog—will be part of G92.org. We’ll also have information up on the site about upcoming conferences, including registration.
Finally, as g92.org is integrated into G92, we’re also seeking to hire our first paid staff person. The G92 movement coordinator role a full-time position, including benefits, and will be based out of the World Relief office in Wheaton, Illinois. We’re look for someone organized, self-motivated, and, most importantly, passionate both about the Church and the biblical call to seek justice for immigrants, with a preference for applicants with personal experience both with immigration issues—either as an immigrant or through relationships with family or friends who have immigrated—and with Christian college campuses or Christian ministries at other campuses. Experience with event planning, political advocacy, or community organizing would all be helpful.
Please check out the full job description and online application at http://buff.ly/LQ0EeB. If you’re interested yourself, or know someone who might be a good fit for the position, please check out the website and apply (or encourage them to apply) online. We expect to begin interviews and select a candidate relatively quickly! (For an otherwise highly-qualified applicant who is currently undocumented, but who expects to be eligible for employment authorization within the next few months through the Department of Homeland Security’s recent announcement of Deferred Action for certain undocumented youth, we’d be happy to consider delaying our start date until we could employ you lawfully).
We’re grateful to the many folks who have helped support g92.org and ask that you join us in praying that God would use this site and the entire G92 movement to inspire and mobilize young Christians to respond to the realities of immigration in ways consistent with biblical values of justice, compassion, and hospitality.
Matthew Soerens is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and the US Church Training Specialist at World Relief. His blogs appear here on Mondays.
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