Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. Joseph. Ruth. Jesus.
Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. As witnesses to God’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree. Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Find the power of Jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world.
Foreword by Sandra van Opstal Preface
Chapter 1: Naomi and Ruth: A Blessed Alliance
Chapter 2: Baptism
Chapter 3: Abraham: The Immigrant Father of Our Faith
Chapter 4: Communion
Chapter 5: Hagar: The “Foreign Thing” and the God Who Sees Her
Chapter 6: Confirmation
Chapter 7: Joseph: The Foreigner Who Blessed Egypt
Chapter 8: Anointing the Sick
Chapter 9: The Syrophoenician Woman: The Unclean Foreigner
Chapter 10: Reconciliation
Chapter 11: The Holy Family: Our Refugee Savior and a Love with No Limits
Ideas for Action and Reflection Notes The Author
Karen González is a speaker, writer, and immigrant advocate who works as director of human resources for World Relief. An immigrant from Guatemala, González studied at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked in the nonprofit world for more than ten years and is a former public school teacher. González, who lives in Baltimore, has written about spiritual formation, Latinx identity, race, gender, the Enneagram, and immigration. Her work has been published in Sojourners, Christ and Pop Culture, Faithfully Magazine, Mutuality Magazine, The Mudroom, and The Salt Collective. Connect with her at Karen-Gonzalez.com.