Posts Tagged ‘Refugee’

Hassan’s Story–A Syrian Refugee in Lebanon

Post a Comment » Written on November 19th, 2014     
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Week 2 HasanFACT:

There are many places in the world where children have had to suddenly leave their home. Here are some of the places where your offering and prayers will help children.
• Burma—violence, ethnic conflict
• India—violence, religious persecution
• Iraq—violence, ethnic conflict
• Kenya—Congolese refugees (violence)
• South Sudan—violence, ethnic conflict
• Syria—violence

STORY:

Hassan is two years old. He and his family are from Syria, but now they live in a tent in a small temporary camp in the country of Lebanon. They are refugees. Hassan and his family used to live together in an apartment in a city in Syria. But when war broke out, bombs were dropped on their neighborhood and people were getting hurt and killed. That’s when Hassan’s mom and dad decided to flee to Lebanon. Life as a refugee is not easy. Instead of an apartment, they live in a tent made of vinyl sheeting and wood posts. Instead of a shower, they take bucket baths. Their toilet is in a tiny metal  building outside their tent. It’s called a latrine. Yet in spite of being a refugee, Hassan is happy. He has both his mom and dad, food, and water. There are no loud bombs scaring him at night. His family says, “At least here [in Lebanon] we feel safe,” “we can sleep,” and “our children consider this [the tent] their home.” Continue Reading »



Pendo Esther’s Story–A Congolese Refugee in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on November 12th, 2014     
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Pendo EstherFACT: 

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group. They cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal, and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

STORY:

My name is Pendo Esther. I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo but now I am here in Kenya as a refugee and I am being cared for by the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kitengela (near Nairobi). When the war moved toward the village I lived in, my family and I were forced to flee. As we ran from the battle I was separated from my parents. I’m not sure whether they are alive or if they died. I have not seen them since the day we left. After running and walking for a long time I met other adults, youth, and children fleeing toward Kenya, and they invited me to join them for the long walk to the refugee camp. Most of the time we walked, but sometimes we rode in trucks until we reached Kenya. It took many days. While on the run, you eat what you can hunt or gather. In the camps, you live off of the food that is given out, like cornmeal and milk.

REFLECTION:

Look at a map and find DR Congo and Kenya. Ask any questions you have about the story. Next draw something about the story and then share with the rest of the group. What would it be like to be separated from your parents? Thank God that Pendo Esther is being cared for by God through the Covenant church in Kenya.

RESPONSE:

There are two ways you can help Pendo Esther and others like her. You can give money that will help the Covenant church in Kenya provide food and clean water for refugee children and you can pray for Pendo Esther and other children who have run from war and have lost their parents.

 

Weekly, we will be posting the materials from the Kids Helping Kids: Refugee curriculum for your ease on our blog. You can access this project and learn more here. On our website you will find helpful resources for these stories including a powerpoint, prayer cards, and maps. Give to this project here.



Ministering to Syrian Refugees

Post a Comment » Written on November 5th, 2014     
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CWR partner, Heart of Lebanon is entering a new season of ministry this fall as they serve Syrian refugees. Here are two stories, as shared by a team member of the Heart of Lebanon, displaying Christ working through the church, and the great power He has throughout the world.

“At a recent food distribution for the Christian Syrian refugees, a woman came to the Heart for Lebanon team, tears in her eyes, asking for help.  Trying to calm her tears so they could figure out what was troubling her, the team brought her in to a small room.  Here, she shared about the death of her son as a result of the violence in Syria, and how she, her daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters were forced to flee to the Bekaa Valley.  Without a male to help provide for them, this family was completely on their own and suffering from extreme poverty; when the team went to visit the family they did not even have a mat to sit on.  This family is now receiving monthly food and hygiene portions from Heart for Lebanon, and is being visited on a regular basis by the team.  During these visits they are able to spend time in the Word and encourage the family to keep their faith and grow in Christ.” Continue Reading »



What You Need to Know about the South Sudan Crisis

Post a Comment » Written on September 22nd, 2014     
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We found this great resource from Mercy Corps (not a CWR partner, but well known and respected in the international development community). Wanted to share it with you…

 

 

South Sudan should be a country full of hope just three years after gaining independence. Instead, it’s now in the grip of a massive humanitarian crisis. Nearly 4 million people are at risk of starvation and some areas are facing possible famine.

But the alarming food crisis in South Sudan isn’t the result of drought — it’s man-made. Political conflict has caused massive displacement, raging violence and dire food shortages. Continue Reading »



Fleeing for Safety in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on August 7th, 2014     
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ecck blogMen and Women like Gad Nkera have fled the Congo due to instability and civil war which has rocked the country for the past several years. Many have ended up in Kenya without family or friends and without any idea of what their future may hold. Thanks to the work of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya and their partnership with CWR, Gad and many others have been able to receive an education despite their status as refugees. Although not the intended plan for this project with ECCK, God has used it to bring much needed relief and recovery to many Congolese refugees.