After over four years of civil war in Syria, almost half of the country’s population is in crisis. With over four million refugees—half of whom are children—there is desperate need
for urgent humanitarian assistance, as well as longer-term solutions such as sponsorship. As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers. We pray, seek and work for peace.
Since the outset of the crisis, PWS&D has been responding through our partners at the ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Together, we are providing basic food items, hygiene kits, shelter, clothing and essential non-food items. Partner staff on the ground are providing psychosocial, medical and educational support for children and youth living in refugee camps.
On September 12, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. For all eligible donations made until December 31, 2015, the Government of Canada will contribute a matching amount towards Canada’s “Syria Emergency Relief Fund.” You can make a donation through your church offering, by mailing a cheque to the PWS&D office, calling us at 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291, or online by clicking here. Please mark your donation “Syria Relief.”
At the beginning of September, the Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, as instructed by the 141st General Assembly in June 2015, sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging the government to increase the number of refugees coming to Canada by both opening up spaces for privately sponsored refugees and increasing the number of refugees sponsored by the government. Click on the link to read this important message: Moderators-letter-re-Syria-2015-09-03.
For more information on how you can respond with The Presbyterian Church in Canada to the Syrian Crisis, click here.
Please pray with us as we share the Prayer for Refugees provided by the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s worship resources:
God of life and freedom.
When Abraham’s family wandered,
when Moses took refuge in the desert,
when the Hebrew people fled into the wilderness,
when the Israelites lived in exile,
you called them,
and gave them words of comfort and promises of hope.
In Christ you crossed the border.
You put on frail flesh,
were born and lived your life
always on the move in a dangerous world.
From your first night you slept in a bed and
a place that was not your own.
You and your family fled terror and found refuge in foreign lands.
You were always the guest in the homes and tables of strangers.
You were not always sure of your next meal.
This day/night we remember before you
those who lives are more like yours
than we can imagine or care to acknowledge:
those who are without homes,
who have been uprooted from their communities and countries,
who have had to flee for their lives,
who have left families and friends,
who live precarious lives.
We pray for your protection and care for those who suffer and must take refuge because of war, politics, natural disaster, status, race, gender, sexuality, and faith.
We mourn, we are moved, and we are angered by the loss that marks the lives of so many: the loss of dignity, of respect, of security, of community, of family, and of stability.
You have called us to be citizens of your kingdom.
We pray for the people of this country
and of the church,
that we may not be indifferent or naïve,
afraid or overwhelmed,
discouraged or blind to hope and options to help
or silent in the call for justice.
Open our hearts and our doors
to the stranger,
to the widow and the orphan and all that are dear to you,
to your presence that we may encounter in the foreigner,
and strengthen us to witness to the love of God for all people.