We have witnessed the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The U.N. reports 1 out of 113 people on the planet are displaced. God is actively at work in the flow of humanity. We have an opportunity to join in.
CAMA and the Alliance family are responding to this crisis, both in the Middle East and in Europe. We want to take this opportunity to call on Alliance churches in the US to respond as well.
How is CAMA involved?
Mafraq, Jordan: CAMA continues to give immediate relief and ongoing assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan. This work is based out of the local church, and it includes providing refugees with household necessities, primary education, basic health care, group counseling, and follow-up visits for encouragement.
European resettlement: CAMA is partnering with Alliance international workers and local churches in Germany to support the needs of refugees.
How can you be involved?
There are many different ways that Alliance church families can reach out to Syrian refugees in their communities, according to each church’s capacity:
Intensive church engagement: CAMA recognizes that the Lord will call some churches to a special and intensive involvement with refugees. We encourage such churches to partner with a recommended agency to work out the details appropriate to their communities. Intensive engagement is at times challenging, but it can also have a deep and lasting impact on both the church and those receiving aid.
Church partnerships: Churches may want to work with their district superintendent to partner with other Alliance churches. Alternatively, there may also be like-minded churches from other denominations in your city who want to partner. These teams of churches can pool financial resources and gifts in kind to supply aid, and they can gather volunteers to adopt local refugees.
Volunteer: Individuals or teams can volunteer in Mafraq, Jordan with our partners reaching out to refugees. If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Envision, the short-term mission branch of The Alliance, to see what opportunities they have available specific to refugees. (contact Envision).
Donate: Financial donations from churches and individuals can be directed to the CAMA Syrian Refugee Relief Fund, which is used to fund the international projects outlined above.
We’re here for you.
CAMA is here to facilitate the resources, advice, and encouragement you need to fulfill this calling. We are honored to walk alongside you and your church as you minister to the least of these.