Help our partners provide the assistance that refugees need now in Jordan and Lebanon. UN agencies are cutting back food and other support. Many families need help as conflict continues in Syria and resources run out.
ACT Alliance members have been offering practical help from the beginning. Food, blankets, clothes, hygiene kits and medical assistance are high on the urgent list. ACT Alliance is meeting immediate needs and helping displaced families survive. DSPR offices (the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees) in Jordan and Lebanon are focusing on education, health care, emergency assistance, livelihoods and psychosocial care. With funds long gone, refugees are grateful for the Free Medical Days run by DSPR in Jordan Camps. The refugees can see specialists and get some medicine free. The desperate situation is pushing more refugees to take the risky journey to Europe.
Image: Syrian women improve their literacy skills with DSPR.
6.3 million people have fled Syria. 1 in 6 residents of Lebanon are refugees, the highest number in the world relative to its population.
Please give generously to help our partners respond to people in need. Donate now.
2018 Refugee Sunday Resources focus on Syrian refugees.
2017 Refugee Sunday Resources
"And she departed" worship resources for Sunday 25 June. (Presbyterian and Methodist Calendar)'
"Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me" worship resources for Sunday 2 July (Anglican Calendar)
Video showcasing the work of DSPR Lebanon (JCC in the film) from Christian Aid
#With Refugees Short video from ACT Alliance
Refugee Sunday 2016 resources
I cry aloud to God worship resources for Sunday 26 June. (Presbyterian and Methodist Calendar).
Peace to this House worship resources for Sunday 3 July (Anglican calendar).
Our colleagues Church World Service in the USA have prepared worship material for 19 June if your church is marking Refugee Sunday on 19 June.
A gift of $75 will pay for a hygiene pack.
A gift of $90 will buy a food parcel for a family of 6.
UNHCR has registered 4.8 million refugees and reports 12.2 million people need assistance. The situation for Syrian and Palestinian refugees formerly living in Syria has continued to deteriorate. Support is urgent.
The fighting that began on 15 March 2011, has taken around 200,000 lives and injured many more. Constant attacks, cluster munition, ballistic missiles and the likelihood of chemical weapons make life dangerous. People are unable to grow food and live in fear for their lives. Many have fled. They have no money and need help.
ACT Alliance EU calls for a collective and rights-based response from European Union member states to the refugee crisis. September 8, 2015
"Everything in Syria is destroyed. It is not safe for my family. As a father I would do anything to make my children happy" says Hamesh, a resident of Za'atari Refugee Camp, Syria Photo: LWF/M Renaux
Refugee Sunday Worship Resources
A PowerPoint reflection.
Their Only Security is Us - a reflection for Refugee Sunday by John Bluck.
(Photo: UNHCR/ F Malavolta)
World Council of Churches' liturgy for peace prepared for 15 March, the fourth anniversary of the conflict.
Church Leaders' Open Letter on Syria and Iraq, 13 March 2015.
"In the Day of My Trouble I call to you" - Worship resources prepared for Refugee Sunday 22 June (Presbyterian Methodist calendar) and "Please give me a little water from your Jar" 6 July (Anglican Calendar). A PowerPoint presentation on Syrian refugee children (to accompany children's talk) and a worksheet for children, and a PowerPoint Visual Prayer.
"My tears have been my food day and night" - Worship resources prepared for Refugee Sunday 23 June or 7 July 2013 are available.
A prayer for Syria.
World Council of Churches Statement for Geneva 2 Talks - 17 January 2014
On September 19 the World Council of Churches organised a meeting of Church leaders from Syria, the European nations, Russia and USA with Kofi Annan, former UN general secretary and Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Arab League joint representative for Syria. They discussed how churches could help towards a peace agreement.
Day of Prayer for Syria
CWS encourages people to join in prayer and action for Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and endorsed by the World Council of Churches on Saturday, 6 September. We also invite churches to pray for the people of Syria, the refugees and displaced, and for peace on Sunday, 7 September.
Dr Bernard Sabella, executive director of the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees has written:
“I really want to let you know how much your efforts at CWS are important for us and for our work both in Jordan and Lebanon. The support we get from New Zealand is especially significant for us because it spans oceans and continents and it shows how we all live in one world. The spirit of the New Zealand caring people who give support to our work is a spirit that challenges space and distance to say that we are with you with the little we can offer. Thank YOU New Zealand people!”
You can read his reflection on the tragedy in Syria.
In April 2013 two Syrian Church leaders were kidnapped and their driver killed. Read the WCC statement and a joint communique from the Greek and Syriac Orthodox patriarchs on the current situation 22 April 2013 .