Scripture reminds us that we are all strangers or foreigners on Earth (1 Peter 1:7) and we know what it is to be welcomed by grace to a home in Christ.
Refugees are people that have been displaced from their home and forced to flee from war, violence and conflict. Around the world there are several Christian charities and mission organisations that work to meet the physical and the spiritual needs of refugees. This work is an extension of what Christ has already done for the church, by embracing us--who were once strangers and foreigners.
Here is a list of Christian partners with Stewardship:
1. Local ministry among refugees in the middle east and Europe reaching both physical and spiritual needs: SIM
SIM works with local partners to minister to practical needs among refugees who are internally displaced in the Middle East – particularly in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. SIM also kick-started the #HowWillTheyHear campaign which provides mission opportunities in local churches across Europe, with the vision to share the gospel amongst refugees especially in Greece, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.
2. Building safe homes for refugees in Iraq and growing opportunities for the gospel among the displaced and persecuted: Help The Persecuted
Help The Persecuted (HTP) is a UK based charity that works with refugees in places like Iraq by building homes and safe places to live in gospel communities – much like the Early church in Acts.
3. Urban ministry among refugees in Scotland: Edinburgh City Mission
Provide assistance to churches in order to serve refugees and also work with local authorities to make Edinburgh a city that is welcoming to refugees. Their refugee project is called Salaam, which is Arabic for ‘Peace’.
4. Crisis relief on the ground for Rohingya refugees: Samaritan’s Purse
Emergency relief among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who are displaced from their homes in Myanmar. In their latest project they built a 70-bed centre to treat a diphtheria outbreak in a refugee camp.
5. Supporting refugees and asylum seekers across Europe and the Middle East: Refugee Compassion
Refugee Compassion’s vision is to offer non-judgmental love and care to those who are in need, which they do through practical donations and volunteer-run kitchens in refugee camps. It was founded in 2016 as a ministry of Aylesbury Vineyard Church.
6. Welcoming refugees through local UK churches: Welcome Churches
Welcome Churches vision is for every refugee to be welcomed by their local church. They train churches across the country to support refugees and provide a loving community for them.