2017 NCM CHRISTMAS PROJECT
Imagine you’re a child. Now, imagine what it would be like if your family had to flee from your home in the middle of the night because of violence or persecution. You’re shocked. You’re frightened. You’re vulnerable.
To be vulnerable can mean a lot of things: hunger, sickness, being alone, nowhere safe to lay your head, lack of education. Children who have been caught in conflict often experience this list on top of losing their homes and often loved ones.
Around the world, more than 30 million children have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. Right now, children are reeling after their entire lives have been uprooted.
Their stories may not show up in our daily news feeds, but each day, children who have been displaced are slipping through the cracks.
As the church, we can say to children caught in conflict, “You are not forgotten!”
Through this year’s NCM Christmas Project, you can provide for the basic needs of children who have been uprooted. By providing children with necessities such as food, safe water, winter blankets, and education, you will ensure they have hope for a better tomorrow. By providing care and compassion in the name of Christ, you will remind them they are not forgotten.
Together, we are the church. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.
PROJECT NOT FORGOTTEN
As part of the 2017 Christmas Project, we want to give you a hands-on way to share God’s love with children caught in conflict.
Write a note to tell a child who has been displaced by violence, “You are not forgotten!” Snap a photo of it. Upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #projectnotforgotten. Then get your family and friends involved!
STORIES OF HOPE
Every child who has been uprooted by conflict has experienced great loss and trauma. But their stories are not over. Through the Christmas Project, you can support church-led ministries that are giving children hope and assurance for a better tomorrow.
(Children’s names are changed for their protection.)
When she was 9 years old, Rasha fled from Syria because the war made it dangerous to stay. She and her mother and four siblings made it to Lebanon. She was able to continue her education thanks to a Nazarene school. She says the school “gave me hope and confidence to fight for a better tomorrow.”
When members of an extreme militant group approached Javid with two options—join them or die—he fled. Alone and only 17 years old, he journeyed over mountains and through forests to get to Belgrade from Afghanistan. But what he found in Belgrade was a difficult scene as well.
When Tarek arrived in Jordan after he and his family fled from the violence in Syria, he was highly traumatized. He describes himself as "destroyed from the inside out." Thanks to a Christmas Project scholarship, he found healing. "Thanks for the Nazarene school for helping me to feel that I'm still a human being," he says.