Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Appeal
About Our Partners
The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon; Assembly of Evangelical Churches in Iraq
The news coverage of the largely-Middle Eastern refugee crisis unfolding in Europe has brought shocking images, inescapably, into our homes, and many want to help. The unsettling reality of this situation is that most of these refugees have not made it out of the Middle East and have become the humanitarian burden of nearby countries. Our Presbyterians partners in Lebanon and Syria (the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon) and in Iraq (Assembly of Evangelical Churches in Iraq) have been on the frontline of offering humanitarian assistance. The Outreach Foundation is also supporting similar efforts of Bethlehem Bible College and the Middle East Council of Churches, along with other faith-based partners in the region. Special emphasis has been made to support ministries with infants, children, orphans and university students.
There are 3.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq and 7.6 million IDPs in Syria. In addition, 4.2 million Syrians and 400,000 Iraqis are refugees. The Outreach Foundation is providing resources for our church partners in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan to care for neighbors – Christian, Muslim and Yazidis – who have had to flee to a safer area in their own country or find a haven across a nearby border.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $50,000 to provide resources for partners who are bringing hope and healing in Christ’s name.