THE CRISIS CONTINUES: HOW NAZARENE CHURCHES ARE RESPONDING
It’s been six years since the start of the war in Syria. Millions of individuals have fled violence and persecution in their home country without any guarantee of ever returning.
No one leaves their home and everything they know, carrying their children on a dangerous journey unless the danger they leave behind is far greater. We have seen how far people will go in the most desperate circumstances to find safety, opportunity, and a chance to live with dignity.
The journey to safety has brought many children, families, and individuals to other countries, where they are forced to live in the margins of society. While they may be safer, most families living as refugees find themselves living in poverty. They need food, clothes, and shelter. Children are in need of education. Parents need work to provide for their families.
The world has watched in horror, and we’ve wondered: What can we do?
The Church of the Nazarene has been ministering to refugee families who fled in search of safety and stability.
In Jordan and Lebanon, the church has been helping refugee families for years by providing hundreds of children in need of education and safety with scholarships to Nazarene schools. They have also been providing food and household supplies for thousands of people, as well as medical care, help with resettlement, and relational support. In Greece, the church is ministering to children through games and crafts and providing help for adults through English classes and relational support. In Central Europe, the church is providing shoes, clothing, food, and other aid to refugees who are stuck in camps; most of all, they focus on re-humanization through relationships. In Northern Europe, the church is helping families and individuals to resettle and adapt to a new home.
Together, we are the church.
Together, we can make a difference.