“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19, NIV
On World Refugee Day, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries affirms the dignity and rights of every person fleeing violence or persecution and is fully committed to serving immigrants and refugees around the world.
According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), at the end of 2017, 68.5 million people were displaced worldwide due to violence and persecution. Refugees, defined as people forced to flee their country because of persecution, war, or violence, accounted for 25.4 million of the total. Fourty million people are internally displaced within the borders of their home country. Another 3.1 million people were waiting for a decision on their asylum applications at the end of 2017. Eighty-five percent of refugees are being hosted by developing countries, many of which receive little international support to help care for them.
In the midst of an ongoing refugee crisis, the Church of the Nazarene is ministering to children, families, and individuals who are desperate to find safety and stability. We partner with local churches around the world to assist through education for refugee children, emergency relief for families in crisis, and support for families who have been resettled. Learn more about these partnerships HERE.
Whether living in a camp in the middle east, floating on a boat in the Mediterranean, detained in a border processing center, or trying to put down roots after a resettlement, we will continue to show compassion in Jesus’ name and call the church to action on behalf of those who have had to flee home.
We encourage you to check out one way the church is ministering to refugees living in Croatia, taken from the Summer 2018 issue of NCM Magazine. Read HERE.