And we get to join them. The need to give generously to help amazing people in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq is becoming dire.
For years, the need has been great. And now, a new tragedy is shaping up. One million people who have survived and fled the civil war in Syria and ISIS in Iraq now face the deadly cold of winter without the basic necessities to keep them alive: shelter, heaters, warm clothing, mattresses, blankets, and, of course, food. If your favorite relief organization is serving Middle Eastern refugees, by all means send them a generous gift.
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Below are some groups we have personally donated to and supported. While Middle Eastern Christians and other religious minorities have often been targeted for violence—and we must help them—the vast majority of those suffering are Muslims. Each of the organizations listed below serves refugees regardless of religious affiliation.
Muslim refugees I talked to were deeply touched when Christians expressed the love of Christ in simple, practical ways. After working closely with World Relief in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this Christian relief organization that works directly through local churches has opened an office in Jordan to serve both Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis.
Donations will be applied where most needed. Currently there are 1. Questscope has worked with at-risk kids in the Middle East for over 30 years, providing mentoring and informal education programs to kids who need a second chance. Since that describes most refugee kids, Questscope is uniquely prepared to empower kids and young people in refugee camps and urban centers. You can read my recent blog about their work here.
While emergency relief is critical, it is also vital to invest in the future by developing young leaders in the refugee population. Manara Ministries has been serving Middle Eastern refugees for decades: first Iraqis, then Syrians, now a new wave of displaced Iraqis. Visiting Iraqis living in tents, churches and unfinished buildings, Manara is on the front lines of service, offering hope through food assistance as well as mobile medical clinics.
Donate here. Providing heart-surgeries for sick Iraqi children allowed them to build relational bridges across religious and ethnic divides. This has positioned them perfectly to respond to the hundreds of thousands of women, children and elderly Iraqis forced from their homes. Your donation can help them provide winter clothing, housing, education and healthcare for the people they have come to love.
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They provide winterization supplies, diapers a huge need for refugees and basic food items, as well as the story of Jesus through resources and personal sharing. Because of an extensive relational network, donations to this ministry reach the least accessible and most vulnerable displaced people. Recognizing the scale of this crisis, Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined with the Institute for Global Engagement to create The Cradle Fund , a broad-reaching initiative to partner with suffering churches in Jordan and Iraq to serve refugees in their communities.
TCF hopes to mobilize Christians from around the world to maximize emergency relief efforts.
Your donation will help provide winter clothes, blankets, mattresses, heaters, diapers and baby clothes, food and housing subsidies. Through beautiful writing and photography they put a human face to the crisis. They also provide a helpful overview of the Syrian war and links to further information.
Diary of a Refugee Advocate
If you prefer to donate to an organization that is not faith-based, please donate to the World Food Programme of the UN, which provides necessary food vouchers to refugees. This help from the U. Jesus—the light of the world—promises that a day is coming when there will be no more war, no more suffering, and no more death.
- Mohammed’s Journey A Refugee Diary.
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- Darwins Paradox?
McGuire appears to be like so many elite Southern women who saw themselves as part of a noble effort that engendered the collective support of all people. Her representation of the war, published as a Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War, by A Lady of Virginia, however, reveals the internal tensions and conflicts that plagued the Confederacy, even while many Southern people, including McGuire, were making unbelievable sacrifices to defeat the Yankees.
Battles inundated the city with wounded, military outposts around Richmond flooded the streets with stragglers and deserters, and the devastated Virginia countryside brought legions of poor people to an urban area, hoping to escape starvation and find work. Diary of a Southern Refugee ranks as one of the very best accounts of wartime Richmond.
But like Chesnut, McGuire edited her diary for publication, and she purposefully shaped a story line that emphasized the devotion of poor people to the Confederate war effort.
Hearing the words of her husband through McGuire calmed the poor woman, who took an old felt hat from the mantel-piece to show two bullet holes through the crown. This instance brilliantly captures how love and devotion to a spouse is intimately connected to a broader sense of national loyalty. But not all white Southerners, especially from the lower classes, reacted with such selflessness when it came to the cause.
In a colorful passage on a stage ride in the Shenandoah Valley, McGuire writes of a poor woman who forced herself onto the coach over the protests of some wealthy men.