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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.

 

REFUGEE CRISIS: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray

Pray for wisdom for church leaders in Europe and the Middle East as they minister to refugee families in Jesus’ name. Pray for peace for children and adults who have been traumatized. Pray for health for families who are sleeping outside or in inadequate shelters in the cold and rain. Pray for the presence of God to be felt and a spirit of peace to reign in the midst of crisis.

 

Give

Churches and individuals around the world can support efforts to minister to refugee families by giving to the NCM Refugee Support Fund. Donations will be used to provide both immediate relief aid and long-term resettlement assistance.

 

To send donations by mail:

In theᅠU.S., make checks payable to "General Treasurer" and send them to:

Global Treasury Services

Church of the Nazarene

P.O. Box 843116

Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

Be sure to put 125347 in the Memo area.

 

InᅠCanada, make checks payable to "Church of the Nazarene Canada" and send them to:

Church of the Nazarene Canada

20 Regan Road, Unit 9

Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3

Be sure to put 125347 in the Memo area.

 

If you are in Germany, please donate through Helping Hands e.V., IBAN: DE56 5075 0094 0000 022394, SWIFT-BIC: HELADEF1GEL.

 

For any other country, give through your local church or district,ᅠdesignating your gift to the NCM Refugee and Immigrant Support Fund.

 

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