Why Now is The Church's Moment &
It Will Take All of Us Not to Miss It
5 Ways To Stand Up & Be The Church in
The World’s Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II
September 5, 2015
1. Be Moved
- QUICK FACTS TO UNDERSTAND THE CRISIS: –> One Stop to Understand it All
- THE WORLD IS IN THE WORST REFUGEE CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II.
- AND SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR AND THE RISING OF ISIS IS THE WORST HUMANITARIAN DISASTER OF OUR TIME.
- THE NUMBER OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS SUFFERING: MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED.
- HALF OF THOSE 11 MILLION REFUGEES ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN. THEY ARE ALL OF OUR CHILDREN.
- WHY ARE THEY COMING? –> You Must Read this.
They are risking everything, — because these families consider themselves dead already..
Right now Syrians consider themselves dead.
Maybe not physically, but psychologically and socially [a Syrian] is a destroyed human being, he’s reached the point of death.” –> Experience the risk of desperate journey for yourself
–> Tweet a photo of yourself holding a sign saying “Refugees Welcome” and tag your government and or your government representative #refugeecrisis; #refugeeswelcomehere
2. Each One … Do Just One Thing:
CHOOSE ONE OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
DO FOR ONE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO FOR ALL
–> World Vision
–> Doctors Without Borders: Has three rescue ships in the Mediterranean, on Tuesday alone they rescued 1,658 people
–> Hand in Hand for Syria: Working within Syrian borders to provide aid. Donations are made via British currency but these are easily converted from US donations during the transaction.
SUPPORT GRASSROOTS EFFORTS
Watch how One Family Is Saving the Lives of Thousands of Migrants — Help them?
(More of their unforgettable story here: American Family Use Assets To Save Refugees Headed For Europe)
–> Lending a Hand in Hungary for refugees (volunteers bring food, clothing, and emotional support to refugees)
–>Refugees Welcome (for UK and Europe)
3. PURCHASE SPECIFIC NEEDED ITEMS
If you’d like to help Syrian refugees stranded on the Greek Island of Lesvos,
see the list below, and mail to:
Hellenic Postal Office of Mythymna
℅ The Captain’s Table
Molyvos 81108, Lesvos, Greece
ITEMS TO SEND for SYRIAN REFUGEES on GREEK ISLAND OF LESVOS:
- Sneakers, gym shoes for men, women and children (all sizes) are a HIGH PRIORITY
- Sweatpants of all sizes.
- Briefs/underwear for men, women and children (all sizes)
- Men’s trousers (small, medium and large) and shoes
- Baby powder milk
- Any non-perishables like nut butters or other long-lasting foods.
- Feminine products
- Sleeping bags
- Plastic to cover the floor/for shade
- Mats (camping or yoga mats)
- Hats and caps for sunshade (adults and children/light colours because of the sun)
- Electric Plug for multiple devices (european voltage)
4. SIGN A PETITION CALLING FOR ACTION
Petition Canadian government to welcome the refugees
Petition to the UK to welcome asylum seekers
Petition for Australia to create asylum seeker policies
5. SPONSOR A REFUGEE
–> Canadians, sponsor a Syrian refugee family to come to Canada through Missionary Christian Alliance
–> Americans, Use this US map to find an agency near you and offer to support a newly arrived refugee family. There are 9 Voluntary Agencies in the US that sponsor refugees to come the the United States and build their own local networks to resettle refugees — where is one close to you?
–> Americans, help RefugeeOne meet needs of refugees already settled who may have seasonal needs, etc.