THE CRISES CONTINUES: HOW NAZARENE CHURCHES ARE RESPONDING

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. 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. 

Half of the people seeking refuge are children, and many flee their homes alone or in groups, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of violence. Those who travel as families often end up living in poverty, with insufficient food, clothing, and shelter. On top of physical needs, they are also coping with grief and trauma. 

The Church of the Nazarene has been and will continue ministering to refugee families who fled in search of safety and stability.

In Jordan and Lebanon, the church has been helping refugee families for decades 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 Brazil, churches are meeting Venezuelan refugees with shelter, food, water, and educational programs. 

In Central Europe, the church is meeting basic human needs for refugees who are stuck in camps, and ministering to others through church services, language classes, and advocacy. 

In Burundi, churches consistently receive refugees returning from other countries, looking for their homes again. 

In Bangladesh, Nazarene volunteers provide trauma-informed care for Rohingya refugee children and women through a center offering counseling, educational support, and lessons on health and hygiene.

And these are just a few of the many examples.

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 all the world areas ministering to those seeking refuge 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 and Immigrant Support Fund. Donations will be used to provide both immediate relief aid and long-term resettlement assistance.

 

To send donations by mail:


In the U.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.

 

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

Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytrail Drive
Mississauga, ON L4X 1W5

Be sure to put 125347 in the Memo area.

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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