Posts Tagged ‘Refugee’

Benito’s Story: A refugee from El Salvador in the United States

Post a Comment » Written on January 21st, 2015     
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Week 11 BenitoFACT:

From October 2013 to June 2014 more than 57,000 unaccompanied children, most from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, have entered the United States from across the Mexican border. They are fleeing spiraling violence in their home countries carried out by rival drug gangs and attacks by police on suspected gang members. Far fewer children come with a parent.

STORY:

Ten-year-old Benito sadly left his home in El Salvador with his mother and five-year-old sister because gang activity had made it a far too dangerous place to live. Benito says, “The day I left home, I was very sad because I had to say goodbye to all my friends and the people I love. We traveled for many, many days until we came to the border. We waited in an abandoned house until a van came to pick us up. Some men prepared a raft and they took a group of us—including some other children without parents—to the other side of the river. We saw alligators in the water; it was scary.”  Continue Reading »



Felix, John, and Francine’s Story: Congolese Refugees in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on January 14th, 2015     
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Week 10 Parents of Felix, John, and FrancineFACT:

While on the run, children eat what they can gather, but sometimes there is no food to gather. Often the water that is available can cause sickness and disease. There are also warring groups who may snatch up children or give them food and then train them as soldiers.

STORY:

Many children who fled the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and traveled to Kenya are now a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kitengela. Most of the children in the church are either orphans or separated from family members. Three of those children, Felix, John, and Francine, wonder if they will ever see their parents again. Although they miss their parents, they are grateful to those who care for them. During worship, Felix, John, and Francine join in sharing songs, Bible verses, and dancing. In spite of their hardship, each loves Jesus. Continue Reading »



Excellent’s Story: A Congolese Refugee in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on January 7th, 2015     
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Week 9 ExcellentFACT:

The majority of Congolese children being ministered to by the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kenya are orphans, single-parented, or separated from their family.

STORY:

Excellent is a seven-year-old boy who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has not seen peace there in his entire childhood. In 2010, Excellent and his family fled because of war. During their journey they spent many weeks running from violence and went many days without food. Their feet were sore and they were weak from lack of food and water. They had to be on the watch for soldiers so they didn’t get caught in the middle of a battle. They often slept near the road that would take them to Kenya. They had no tent and there were no places to stay. Sometimes Excellent wondered if he and his family would live through the long trip. The closer they got to Kenya, the safer it seemed, but the more tired they became. Weeks passed. Finally, when it seemed Excellent and his family could walk no further, some truck drivers helped them travel the rest of the way.  Continue Reading »



Aney Majock Kur’s Story: A South Sudanese Refugee in Ethiopia

Post a Comment » Written on December 31st, 2014     
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Week 8 Aney MajockFACT:

Since the beginning of 2014 the fighting in South Sudan has claimed more than 10,000 lives,1.4 million people have fled their homes, and 300,000 people have fled to neighboring countries. These include members of the 365 Covenant churches in South Sudan.

STORY:

Aney Majock Kur is a fourteen-year-old girl who lived in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan. She was found wandering in a deserted village. Aney and her parents were separated while trying to flee the fighting between warring groups. She hid until the fighting was over but has not seen anyone for days. She could not even tell her interviewers how and when the tragedy happened. She was still in shock and suffering from dehydration, since food and water were not available to her. She is not sure whether her parents are alive or dead.

Aney was brought to the refugee camp and left in the care of a church elder. The Evangelical Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) is working with Covenant World Relief to help children who come to the refugee camp without parents. Through the ECCSS and Covenant World Relief, Aney will receive food, clothing, counseling, and education while they search for her parents.

There are many other children like Aney who arrive at the refugee camp daily and need our help and prayers.

REFLECTION:

What are your thoughts about Aney? What do you think the people are like who work with refugee children? What do you hope for Aney and the other orphaned children? Find South Sudan and Ethiopia on a map.

RESPONSE:

Pray for Aney and the other orphaned children. Pray for the fighting to stop and pray for those in the Covenant Church of South Sudan and Ethiopia who are trying to help children in need. Know that your offering will help children like Aney.

 

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.



Relief for Refugees in Lebanon

Post a Comment » Written on December 29th, 2014     
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The Heart for Lebanon (CWR partner through Medical Teams International) has been strategically placed in three regions within Lebanon; Beirut, the Bekaa Valley, and in southern Lebanon.  This allows them unique perspectives on ministry opportunities within the areas, and an ability to respond quickly to crisis.  The division in the country, along with the risk and difficulty of travel, has made providing adequate aid for the refugees difficult and limited.  Though, because of the placement of the Heart for Lebanon teams, they have been able to stay properly equipped to support new arrivals and continue to aid those they have committed to.  Not only have they been able to provide basic human necessities, the Heart for Lebanon teams have been able to provide emotional and spiritual care for the families as well.  235 new Christian Iraqi families have been added to various ministries within the Beirut community, new bible studies are forming, and the Non-Formal Education program in Beirut has doubled in student enrollment.  The same is being experienced in both the Bekaa Valley and the southern Lebanon region.  Continue Reading »