I believe in Almighty God, who guided the people in exile and in exodus, the
God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon, the god of foreigners and
I believe in Jesus Christ, a displaced Galilean, who was born away from his
people and his home, who fled his country with his parents when his life was in
danger, and returning to his own country suffered the oppression of the tyrant
Pontius Pilate, the servant of a foreign power, who then was persecuted, beaten,
and finally tortured, accused and condemned to death unjustly. But on the third
day, this scorned Jesus rose from the dead, not as a foreigner but to offer us
citizenship in heaven.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal immigrant from God's kingdom among
us, who speaks all languages, lives in all countries, and reunites all races.
I believe that the church is the secure home for the foreigner and for all
believers who constitute it, who speak the same language and have the same
I believe that the Communion of the Saints begins when we accept the
diversity of the saints.
I believe in the forgiveness, which makes us all equal, and in the
reconciliation, which identifies us more than does race, language or
I believe that in the Resurrection God will unite us as one people in which
all are distinct and all are alike at the same time.
Beyond this world, I believe in Life Eternal in which no one will be an
immigrant but all will be citizens of God's kingdom, which will never end.
by Jose Luis Casal, General Missioner
Tres Rios Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA