The Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports there are 56 million people in our world today who are displaced. 7.6 million Syrians are displaced within their country and 3.8 million have sought refuge in other countries. The crisis continues to grow and get worse. Families are moving not simply to better their lives, but to save their lives.

The crisis seems overwhelming, but it is also an opportunity to show love like never before. Here are some things you can do right now to make a difference.

Pray

Commit to pray for refugees, churches, individuals, and the staff of World Relief globally and locally as we serve and mobilize others. We have developed this guide to focus on praying for 7 crucial needs experienced by vulnerable refugees.  Syria_Prayers

Advocate

The White House has announced that in 2016 the U.S. will resettle 10,000 of those fleeing the violence in Syria. As a nation we can and should do more. You can advocate for increasing the number of refugees the U.S. will accept. Follow this link to easily send your voice to those who will make these life and death decisions.

Give

Your gifts can make it possible for refugees to be served in the Middle East, in Europe, and locally in Memphis. To support the work of World Relief in Northern Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, and other key locations, click here. Your gift will make possible things like:

  • Urgent Supplies – World Relief is providing urgent supplies for refugees like temporary shelter, hygiene items, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and more. 
  • Trauma Therapy – World Relief is empowering local churches to provide therapy for women who have experienced unspeakable atrocities at the hands of Islamic State fighters.
  • Child Friendly Spaces – World Relief is working with local churches to provide child-friendly spaces for children to have a safe place to play, get basic education, process the trauma they have experienced, and be ministered to by loving Christians.

Your gifts locally help refugees from Syria and other parts of the world start a new life in America.  To support the work of World Relief Memphis click here.  Your gift will make possible things like:

  • Living Expenses for newly arriving families – WRM invests approximately $1,500 in each refugee resettled to leverage public and private grants to stabilize the family.
  • Immigration Legal Services – WRM Legal Services serves clients applying for permanent residency, citizenship, petitions for relatives to immigrate, and more.
  • Church and Volunteer Mobilization – WRM empowers the local church through engaging leaders and members in learning and hands-on ministry.  Your gift will help us mobilize local churches and volunteers making a difference in the lives of refugees and immigrants.

Welcome

While we prepare for more refugees from Syria, refugees from Burma, Africa, Iraq, and other parts of the world are arriving every month.  You can make a difference today in the life of a refugee.  Click here to learn more about volunteer and internship opportunities.

"I was a stranger...and you welcomed me in."  -Jesus