Media attention on the plight of refugees streaming into Europe is raising awareness of the tremendous desperation that forces so many to flee their homes in search of a future and a hope—and the risks they must take to get there.
For all the people who make it, there are those who don’t. The tragedies are immense and they are heartbreaking.
This is not a new crisis, but immediate action is needed in the life of every person who is being forcefully displaced. Every person’s story is unique but the conditions that create a refugee crisis are not a surprise—and they’re all too common today.
War, persecution, famine, drought, natural disasters, economic stresses, injustice… all of these are forms of oppression. Closing our eyes to effects of these conditions leads us to count refugees among the most invisible people of our generation. But the tide is turning. Eyes are opening and hearts are awakening. Even in such desperation, hope is being kindled.
Jesus meets people where they are, and that’s no different in a crisis. ITeams has been working with refugees for decades and we have long-standing teams in place throughout Europe. We work closely with local governments and organizations to help meet immediate and long-term needs. Every person has dignity and value because every human being is made in the image of God, no matter their circumstances or religious background. This belief causes us to come alongside refugees and demonstrate the love of Jesus.
Please pray for refugees. Though you may not know their names or stories personally at this point, Jesus does. We are witnesses of the transformation that is possible in the lives of those who risk their lives to find a future.
There is no single response to the refugee crisis. For the sake of men, women, and children everywhere risking everything in hope of a future...
...let’s do something now.
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.
EVALUATE and ENGAGE
We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.
As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.