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"We Welcome Refugees" Fundraiser for Syria
Saturday, December 12 3-5 pm in CCFC basement RSVP via Evite here Link to Facebook event page If you are unable to attend, please consider making a gift here Sponsored by CCFC’s World Missions Committee
You are invited to learn more about the Syrian Refugee Crisis and find out ways to support and how together, as the Church, we can respond. Join us for:
- Interactive educational tables
- Opportunities to give and support
- Light refreshments
Our goal is to raise awareness and funds. We are seeking to raise $3,500, the amount needed to support 1 refugee family in making the initial transition to life in America.
Families are welcome! There will be child-appropriate activities. By 12/5, please indicate how many children will attend.
If you are unable to attend, please consider making a gift: https://worldrelief.org/disaster-response/syria/donate
Questions? Email wmc [at] ccfc-church.org.
THE CRISIS - The number of people in our world displaced from their homes by violence and persecution is unprecedented in human history. Desperate for protection and surrounded by unfamiliar, sometimes unwelcoming faces, refugees are truly some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The conflict in Syria has been devastating for the people of the region. Nearly half of Syria’s population of 22 million is thought to be displaced or killed. Many refugees have taken unimaginable risks to travel north to Europe, where they will plead for the opportunity to rebuild their lives in peace and security. Others who are physically unable to make the arduous journey have no choice but to wait, desperately hoping for a long-term solution for their increasingly dire situation.
THE CHURCH - The refugee’s journey should never be far from the hearts of God’s people. Our most ancient stories depict a God who hears the cries of people brutally oppressed in a strange land (Exodus 3:7) and leads them to a new land where they will be secure and free. Like them, the Church has long understood itself as former “strangers and aliens” welcomed into God’s new, global family (Ephesians 2:11-19). And the One who welcomes us – One who knows all too well what it is like to be a refugee (Matthew 2:13-14) – calls all his followers to welcome strangers just as we would welcome our King (Matthew 25:31-46).
We are at a critical moment where the local church is the best positioned entity in the world to respond to this crisis, and churches across the globe are invited to connect and move together as we “welcome the stranger” everywhere. After all, this is one of the biggest crises of our lifetimes as well as one of the greatest missional opportunities for the Church!
Adapted from: http://refugeecrisis.worldrelief.org/