“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself.” – The Bible, Leviticus 19:34 (NIV)
New York, NY - October 27, 2015
The Refugee Task Force of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) calls on churches and believers to pray for and support local churches that are serving refugees in camps and other places along migration routes. From the beginning, churches have been providing for refugees’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as they escape war, conflict and persecution. But financial resources are needed at this time to respond to increasing immediate needs, especially as winter is approaching.
Since its launch in September, the Refugee Task Force of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has been convening leaders of its Evangelical Alliances, refugee organizations, aid agencies, local churches and others, to develop a comprehensive grass roots strategy on how to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis. With the winter approaching and temperatures falling, the immediate needs are a main concern.
"Local churches who live in the midst of the crisis themselves are living examples of how to be loving neighbors. Far from the headlines of media, they have been serving refugees despite their own economic hardship, and they will be key when it comes to serving refugees during the approaching winter," said Comm. Christine MacMillan, WEA’s Director of Public Engagement who leads the refugee task force. "They now urgently need our support as they serve an overwhelming number of men, women and children who have left everything behind."
The WEA has established a Refugee Crisis Fund and calls on believers from every region to respond with prayer and with financial resources. "We ask you to join these churches that are serving sacrificially in the spirit of the Gospel," Comm. MacMillan added.
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.