Anniversary dates are usually days of celebration. But on the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, should we celebrate? For five years millions of men, women, and children have been forced to leave their homes in search of refuge from violence and persecution. Living “temporary” lives sheltered by tents and tarps, they are unable to work, and children are often unable to go to school. They are in need of the basics such as food and water.
There doesn’t seem to be any reason to celebrate, but what if we changed our perspective? In the midst of the chaos, the Church of the Nazarene has been ministering to refugee families from Syria who are desperate to find safety. Churches in Europe are helping Syrian families relocate and are reaching out to stranded refugees in need of relief aid. Churches in Jordan and Lebanon are helping Syrian families resettle, providing for needs such as food and shelter, and providing education and safety for children who are refugees.
The church is responding, and that is cause for celebration. Today, let us lift up our prayers for Syria and all of those who have been affected by the conflict. Let us also hold onto hope, knowing that God is doing extraordinary things through the church around the world. Join the response. 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 support the refugee crisis response visit ncm.org/refugees.
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