Walking alongside refugees

by Fuad N.

SL-2016 09

Two million refugees have come to our area. Over the past year, we’ve distributed 1,000 swamp coolers, 1,900 propane bottles and wheelchairs. We conducted a medical clinic. We’ve met with, fed and prayed with many peshmerga who fight on the front lines for our country. Our church offered the gift of a Bible to anyone who wanted one.

A refugee crisis means disruption in school. We help support – with equipment and supplies – seven schools educating approximately 4,000 students.

We have built a small community center. We purchased 15 sewing machines to teach local women to sew, and we plan to start classes to teach men to be electricians and plumbers. Our vision is for this to be a house of hope, where people gain marketable skills and hope in all areas of life.

Our Family Camp focused on serving those who serve refugees. Many of these workers are displaced themselves, but they have a passion to share hope with those who’ve lost everything. At camp, they exchanged stories and encouraged each other. What a delight to see so many different types of people spending time together in unity.

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the needs of so many. But we have encouragement from our Lord that his heart is near to the brokenhearted. “For it is He who executes justice for the oppressed: who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.” (Psalm 146:7) Christ taught us in Matthew 25, “Whatever you have done for the least of these, you have done it unto me.”

Thank you for your partnership through prayer and finances, as we serve those in need. – Fuad

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Walking alongside refugees

World Refugee Day

Over 59.5 million people are living somewhere other than their homeland right now. Over the past four years, the highest number of people since the post-World War II era fled their homes in search of safety. Now staying in transitional camps or settled in new countries, some struggle with PTSD, others with language and cultural acquisition, all with loneliness for home and the people they left behind.

2016 06 20 - globally displaced people

Today is World Refugee Day, by proclamation of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees. Entrust is doing what it can to serve displaced people in parts of the Middle East and Europe.

Who’s new in your neighborhood? What could you do to help them feel just a little more at home today?

World Refugee Day

Refugees

At least 12,000 refugees, most living in small tents like we might set up in the backyard for a sleep out, are stranded in Idomeni, Greece, hoping to move on into Europe and settled lives … somewhere. As governments discuss what to do with this mass of humanity, aid organizations and individual volunteers flow into Macedonia (right across the border) to do all they can to help.

Entrust’s own Nik Nedelchev recently visited Idomeni, a place where volunteers distribute clothing day and night, where Doctors without Borders are eternally busy, where every rainfall brings a decrease in morale.

2016 04 26 - Nik Idomeni

Pray for national leaders, NGOs and Christian organizations to be wise and to serve these people wisely.

Refugees

Refugees on Lesbos, Greece

Island of Lesbos, far eastern edge of Greece/Europe. Entrust’s Nik Nedelchev walks, amazed, among discarded items left behind by thousands of refugees. In this video you see only a portion of the refuse. Hundreds of life jackets and dozens of deflated boats. Listen to Nik’s commentary.

Learn more by signing up for our eMagazine, Engage, coming out the third week of March. It will include photos, maps, video and stories about refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and aliens. Email us at engage@entrust4.org.

2016 02 29 - Lesbos

Refugees on Lesbos, Greece

The detritus of migration

Funny thing about migration. Values and needs change drastically. Nice shoes – always important to ladies everywhere. But a 2- to 3-mile walk in mud and snow, AFTER a perilous boat journey and train transport from one national border to another, means many people literally lose their shoes.
2016 02 03 Shoes

These shoes were found in the mud. Aid workers, including Entrust’s Nik Nedelchev, protested, asking that trains take migrants all the way into Serbia, eliminating that grueling forced walk.

Nik Nedelchev spent several weeks in Greece greeting and aiding migrants and refugees, gaining insight on the mass movement of humanity. Read his story, their story, in Engage, our quarterly eMagazine, this March. Sign up for Engage now at engage@entrust4.org.

The detritus of migration