Refugee Crisis

The RCA is joining with partners worldwide to help ease the transition of refugees, including the millions of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe and the Middle East. More than 4 million refugees from Syria have fanned out across this area, placing a great deal of pressure on the ministries there to care for them.

RCA personnel on the ground in Hungary, Austria, Turkey, and Italy are helping our partner churches in these areas provide refugees with food, water, and other daily needs—even laundry machines.

Partners Relief & Development

RCA Global Mission has committed to raise $40,000 on behalf of Partners Relief & Development to provide trauma care and counseling for Yazidi children and their families recently liberated from ISIS oppression near Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan and to rebuild a school in that same area. Learn more about the project or give financially.

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Your support is making a difference. Read more about it here.

How you can help

Pray: Please pray for refugees and displaced people to find courage, strength, peace, and welcome as they seek safety in unfamiliar lands. Pray that the hundreds of thousands of people who are currently displaced and without basic life-sustaining resources will find safe shelter. Pray that those providing shelter for the refugees will have strength, courage, and compassion.

Give: Your support enables the RCA to continue helping our partners in Europe provide emergency relief for the millions of refugees pouring into their countries.

Support refugees through a financial gift

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Refugee Response Resources

Resources on how you and your church can respond to the global refugee crisis.

Ecumenical response

Our religious partners throughout the world have shared statements in response to the refugee crisis.

“Our calls for action must come with constant prayer and a profound recognition of our responsibility as God’s people committed to do as much as we possibly can to transform the world for justice, reconciliation and peace,” wrote Chris Ferguson, general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Read Ferguson’s letter on the refugee crisis in Europe here.

Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, said, “God hears the cries of the poor, the oppressed, and the refugee. I pray that soon, political leaders and policy makers in the Global North will also hear their cries. This will begin when leaders approach refugee communities not merely as problems to be solved, but as fellow children of God deserving accompaniment, dignity, and human rights.”

Read Younan’s open letter to world leaders from a bishop in Jerusalem and a refugee here.