MENU

How missionaries are responding to the refugee crisis

Unrest in Syria has created an unprecedented wave of Syrian refugees and other people groups flooding into Europe where our missionaries are already aiding in the crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are risking their lives to start anew. 

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 3 million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbors and most recently, they have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean into Europe—with an estimated 800,000 heading to Germany to start a new life. 

Meeting basic needs at border camps
The Slovakia team traveled to the Hungarian-Serbian border where a temporary refugee camp had been set up. The missionaries returned to the border repeatedly to distribute food and water, warm clothes, diapers, and other supplies. They’ve also helped to clean up the camp and answer refugees’ questions. The team felt honored to be the hands and feet of Christ.  

The Slovakia team’s efforts are just one example of how MTW is serving refugees. We have workers and partners throughout Europe and the Middle East who’ve already poured their own resources into meeting the tremendous needs of displaced people. 

Serving alongside the local church
In Greece, the team is assisting local congregations of the Greek Evangelical Church as they reach out to arriving refugees. Ethnic Syrians arriving in Greece receive refugee status quickly and soon move on to other European countries. But refugees of other ethnicities, such as Afghans, Iraqis, and Iranians, have come ashore as well. Non-Syrians are considered economic migrants and are sent to makeshift camps. It is these people without status who missionaries and partner churches in Greece are seeking to assist and encourage.  

Helping with resettlement
The nation welcoming the largest number of Syrian refugees by far is Germany, with 5,000 to 6,000 refugees arriving daily. In a nation just half the size of Texas, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are living in container camps set up by the government. Our teams in Germany are helping refugees with the process of resettlement. 

Some of our other teams, especially those with experience in serving refugees from the Middle East, are designing a way for refugees to start new lives by providing translation, outreach, and training in the local language. They are assisting where needed, equipping other workers for effective service and ministry. Packets containing materials that tell of the great story of God’s love are being assembled to distribute as refugees transition from country to country. Arab and Farsi speakers are proving especially important. 

How you can help
We need your help to continue this good work. As you can imagine, there are many teams involved, and solutions are not simple. First and foremost, please pray. These refugees often escape one form of persecution and enter into another. Pray that they will be treated well by the country in which they are now living. Our other need is for funding to help us meet the needs of these refugees. Will you give of your resources to help Syrian refugees and those from other people groups hear the good news—and build truly “new lives”—at such a critical juncture?

You can donate online to the Refugee Project - #93942

Please login to continue
Having Trouble Logging In?
Reset your password
Don't have an account?
Create an Account
Sign Up for Free
Name
Email
Choose Password
Confirm Password

GET INVOLVED

Serve Missionary Kids at Belgium Pre-field Training | Jan 10-31, 2023
Mission Trips
The Mobilized Church Informational Pastor's Lunch | Oct 27
Join an Expanding Team in North Africa
Longer

The Ukraine Crisis Has Been an Opportunity for the Church to Act as One (VIDEO)

"Brothers and sisters, it was incredible. This is one of the strongest testimonies throughout this time. I have seen the Church act as one."

SEE MORE

Vasyl and Viktoria: Twice Displaced by War (VIDEO)

When war broke out in Ukraine, Vasyl and Viktoria fled west to Lviv, where they found not only a respite, but a new place to serve others.

SEE MORE

Don’t Retire. Redeploy! Our Retirement Journey into Missions

As we talked and prayed, we came to realize that our retirement was a unique opportunity to do something new for the kingdom.

SEE MORE

Pray for the rebuilding efforts in Tacloban, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

Pray for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and for MTW as we determine how best to respond. Pray for our national partners pastoring churches there.

Pray for the young men and women who are enslaved in the sex industry in Cambodia. Pray also for the ministries we partner with who are helping victims find freedom.

Please pray for the rebuliding efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan, and for church planting efforts in the region that have begun since the 2011 tsunami.

Give thanks for the work God is doing in South Asia in the wake of COVID lockdown relief. Ask God to grow the new believers who came to faith in Christ as a result.

Pray for those in the urban slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who are struggling economically due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Pray for ongoing ministry in the Suki community during COVID-19. Many day workers cannot work, and the church is having to find creative ways to minister. 

Pray for South Asian communities in New York City who have been hard hit by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, and for God to use missionaries serving among them. 

Pray for the team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as national partners and MTW missionaries work hand in hand for a greater overall impact.

Pray for a new initiative in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to hand deliver soap and provide education on disease prevention to 600 families in poverty-stricken communities. 

SUBSCRIBE TO MTW ONLINE

Stories from the field straight to your inbox.