Syrian refugees in Turkey. EC/ECHO
As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year, the millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Syria are streaming into neighboring nations and far beyond. Over the last four years, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and even Iraq have together received over 3 million refugees. In recent weeks, the stream of refugees seeking shelter further to the north and west—and, according to the United Nations, in some 90 countries around the world—has become a torrent.
To address this growing need, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) has sent $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency funding to provide immediate relief for Syrian refugees and IDPs. Of this grant, IM partners Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Union of Baptist Churches of Serbia have each been given $5,000. This aid will be used to supply food and water, clothing, shelter and medical clinics.
Future OGHS grants will support the efforts of all IM partners who are providing relief to Syrian IDPs and refugees.
Additional financial aid is urgently needed to make these grants possible. You may make a tax-deductible contribution through your church, give online here or mail a check to International Ministries, Attn: Syria Refugee Relief, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. Write "OGHS-Syria Relief" on the memo line.
Additionally, a new IM resolution calls upon mission supporters to go further in response to the crisis through actions that include prayer, giving to relief efforts, citizen advocacy and preparing to receive and resettle Syrians in their own communities. Read the full document here.
One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and the development of assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches. Learn more at www.abc-oghs.org/.