Middle East & Europe Refugee Crisis

A record number of people are fleeing from war and poverty in the Middle East in search of a safer, better way of life—especially Syrians. Many have fled with only the clothes on their backs. With temperatures dropping, the already difficult situation is becoming life-threatening. Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) has been and will continue to meet the basic humanitarian needs and uphold the rights of those fleeing war and oppression. LDR is working with trusted partners and companion churches, who are helping to provide safety, support and basic amenities, such as water, food and shelter. 

Ways to Respond:

 
Pray
Please pray for all those affected by the refugee crisis. Remember those who have lost everything and all those who are working to respond. 
 
Give
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 by this crisis.
 
Give online or make checks payable to Epiphany Lutheran Church with “Syrian Refugee Crisis” in the memo line. Epiphany will send one check to Lutheran Disaster Response for 100% of all donations received. 
 
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More Information on the Situation:
 
Over the last seven years, the conflict in Syria has been increasingly dire. According to a report by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), there are an estimated 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 6.3 million are internally displaced, 12.8 million require health assistance, 5.8 million are in acute need due to multiple displacements, exposure to hostilities, and limited access to basic goods and services, and 4.3 million are in need of shelter intervention.
 
Alongside the internally displaced, the needs of those living outside the country continue to be great. The critical response for the refugee situation continues to fall primarily on the neighboring countries in the region (mainly Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey) who continue to host large numbers of registered refugees per capita. The protracted crisis in Syria has resulted in a quasi-permanent presence of a Syrian refugee community in both Jordan and Lebanon and despite the efforts by the Government of Jordan to open up the formal labor market to Syrian refugees, many still require humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs.
 
On Friday, April 12, The United States and allies bombed areas in Syria in response to alleged chemical attacks by Syria on its own territory. Following the strike, the Lutheran World Federation issued a statement calling for peaceful resolution and the upholding of international law. In a pastoral statement, Bishop Eaton says, “…[W]e will continue to work in ecumenical partnership as we pray, advocate and work to receive refugees.” 
information from LDR website