Middle East and Europe Refugee CrisisThe Situation:
A record number of people are fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East in search of a better way of life – especially Syrians. Although they come from different countries, for various reasons, they share a common goal: hope for a brighter future. Many have fled with only the clothes on their backs. With temperatures dropping, the already difficult situation is becoming life-threatening.
As a church, we are called to respond. Over the last four years, since conflict in Syria began, Lutheran Disaster Response has committed over $1 million to help Syrian refugees who have been displaced because of bombardment, civil war and the growing threat of ISIS.
Lutheran Disaster Response is currently helping meet basic humanitarian needs and upholding the rights of those who have fled war and crisis. With the winter months upon us, your help is needed to provide warmth and hope to those most vulnerable.
Working with our companion churches and partners, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing food, diapers, blankets, water, health kits, hygiene kits and psychosocial services, in addition to continuing support of refugee camps.
"In the face of evil, we remain confident that the good news of Jesus Christ liberates us and gives us the freedom and courage to discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in this world. 'The Gospel also frees us from fear to see others as brothers and sisters for whom Christ died and lives'” (ELCA Social Message on Terrorism, 2004)
What you can do:
Pray for those who are affected by violence and are vulnerable, that they may be granted peace and healing.
Your gifts are needed now to help with immediate relief. Gifts designated for the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted and have fled for safety.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
- Find resources to inform your congregation and encourage support.
- Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
- Stay up on the latest ELCA news.
- Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.