All the world is watching while a humanitarian crisis of historical proportions continues to unfold. An estimated 11 million people have fled their homes in Syria to escape violence and possible death. They join refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in conflict.
Nations, including our own, are grappling with how to respond. While this has set the stage for a political firestorm about immigration here in the U.S., no one denies the desperate need.
There are ways to help refugees in a variety of locations now. The Bible commands us to help those in need. Psalm 82:3-4 says, “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Hebrews 13:16 says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Our partners have been serving refugees long before this crisis came into our collective focus. They have seen them emerge from trauma, only to end up in a new strange new culture without clothing, food or water. They watch children caught up in the fray, having seen horrors no child should ever witness. Refugee camps have sprung up with tarps as walls and straw for beds. A sense of hopelessness and brokenness abounds in these camps.
A handful of our ministry partners minister among these refugees. They are providing food and water, listening to their stories, and pointing them to the One who loves and careing for them in this most desperate season of their lives.
Three of our ministries currently working among refugees:
1) Kawkikete Community Outreach (West Africa) runs grammar schools in five refugee camps. It also operates a farm and gives the harvest to feed refugees. And church planters counsel and pray for those who have been through trauma.
2) Maghreb Project ministers to refugees in several North African countries through both relief and development. One of their teams attends to humanitarian needs first, and then works to help the community adapt to their new situation for the long term. They also put in irrigation lines to bring clean water to camps. Maghreb’s project will help an estimated 2,000 refugees per year with basic needs, plus provide opportunities to share the Gospel.
3) Seed Eurasia reaches out to refugees in their Middle Eastern country, providing physical needs and housing. Seed Eurasia workers visit the camps, encouraging refugees about where they can find their true hope.
We cannot mention specifics about several of our other projects that reach out to refugees, due to security concerns.
As the world sorts through the best way to address this difficult issue, there is an immediate way to meet the need. Will you help? Your gift to our global refugee fund will impact lives now. Thank you for making a difference for those who have lost their homes and countries.