Around the world, 70.8 million individuals have fled violence, persecution, extreme poverty, and disasters in their home countries without any guarantee of ever returning. Half of the world’s refugees are children, and many flee their homes alone or in groups, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of violence. Tens of millions more are migrants who leave their homes because of hunger, violence, and poverty. They are Syrians fleeing war and extremism, Venezuelans seeking safety from an autocratic regime and harsh economic conditions, South Sudanese (mostly women and children) fleeing from brutal conflict, and on and on.
Not a single one would have left everything they know, carrying their children on a dangerous journey, unless the danger they leave behind is far greater. They are seeking safety, opportunity, and a chance to live with dignity.
As the church, we are called to care for the vulnerable and welcome the “stranger” (Matthew 25:35-40). NCM partners with local churches around the world to support refugees and immigrants through education for children, assistance for persecuted Christians, emergency relief for families in crisis, and support for families who have been resettled. In the United States, NCM also works with compassionate ministry centers that are providing legal assistance for people seeking a path to citizenship.
GLOBAL REFUGEE &
Around the world, 65.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of war, violence, persecution, or disasters. Half of them are children. Many are internally displaced within their home country; others—22.5 million people—have been forced to move across borders in search of safety and security. Half of the world’s refugees are children, and many flee their homes alone or in groups, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of violence. Tens of millions more are migrants who leave their homes because of hunger, violence, and poverty.
For children from Syria, life has been filled with crisis and trauma due to violence. Four Nazarene schools and two after-school programs in the Middle East are helping almost 500 Syrian children gain stability and a quality education from caring teachers in a safe environment at a time when they need it most. Children who are living as refugees after their families fled violence are now safer but are most often living in poverty without the opportunity to attend school. Through scholarships to Nazarene schools, students living as refugees receive education and hope for the future.
WHAT WE DO
HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT
HIV & AIDS
REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT SUPPORT
WOMEN & GIRLS