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News : South Sudan

Refugee crisis and unanswered prayers…

Refugee crisis and unanswered prayers… – 8 Sep 2015

Did you ever pray about something but the situation just got worse?

When the little body of Alan Kurdi was washed up on a Turkish beach this month it felt like all our prayers for the Middle East crisis were returning to us unanswered. We have watched the Syrian crisis go from bad to worse since we first raised the alarm in March 2013 calling on Tearfund supporters to pray and give to our crisis appeal that was providing blankets, emergency lights and kitchen utensils to those who had fled.

Then we marked the grim milestones; 2 million refugees in August 2013, 3 million in late 2014….

The U.N. predicts that there could be 4.27 million Syrian refugees by the end of this year.

Little Alan Kurdi represents all those who are innocent in the Syrian crisis. But innocence is also under fire in other fragile states such as the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Our work on the ground in fragile states continues, even under fire, to reach out to those in greatest need because it is led by local church partners. The local church is there before the crisis reaches international media attention and the local church will be there when media attention has moved somewhere else.

We are asking you now to please stand with us again, to be persistent in your prayer and to not give up, even in what seems like the bleakest of circumstances. ‘We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.’ Oswald Chambers

Please help us in our ongoing work to support and empower the local church to be salt and light in some of the darkest situations in the world.

I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

Please give whatever you can and consider giving a regular gift to the ongoing work of Tearfund Ireland.

Dóchas, the association of Irish NGO’s, of which Tearfund Ireland is the current Chair, has issued a joint letter to the Irish Government calling for immediate action on the refugee crisis.
Click here to read the full letter.

Click here to download a prayer power point that can be used by churches, groups or individuals.

Far away from her father and a home she’ll never see, baby Away needs our help

Far away from her father and a home she’ll never see, baby Away needs our help – 15 Jul 2015

Baby Away was named as she was born far from home and some 320 miles from her father. However, no matter how desperate her circumstances, she deserves every opportunity to fulfill her potential, just like any other child.

Despite the peace talks in South Sudan, brutal civil conflict continues to tear communities apart. As a result, thousands like Baby Away are being born far from home and in refugee camps. Not just here, but also in the Central African Republic, Syria and Iraq, and the list goes on. The bloodshed is not their fault. Yet they are the ones suffering the most.

South Sudan and Baby Away share a lot in common. Both very young and incredibly vulnerable, the challenges they face seem insurmountable. Tragically her camp had already seen an outbreak of cholera, which claimed the lives of six children. Misery is a daily reality for the youngest, the elderly and the sick.

But there is so much we can do to help.

A gift this summer could not only offer those like Baby Away a more secure start in life – it could give them and their families the opportunity to build a life where they not just survive, but really thrive, in the way God wants them to.

The ongoing work Tearfund is doing around the world, is extremely effective in helping families, like Baby Away’s, who are going through the unthinkable. A gift today of €60 could bring a young child like Baby Away back from the brink of starvation by paying for an eight week course of nutrient rich food. Tearfund is providing life saving food, cooking kits, safe water, and soap, as well as treating malnourished children, mothers and pregnant women. We also distribute seed kits and tools to help people like her mother, Cecilia, to get started growing their own food.

In many cases, families are so encouraged to see they are not abandoned, it gives them the momentum to begin rebuilding their lives. And it doesn’t stop there – in the countries where we work around the world our aim is to stay alongside vulnerable people through the years ahead. Using biblically based training, we help people discover their innate ability to create a life where they can truly flourish.

Please send a donation and pray for families who fled their homes. Whether in South Sudan or Lebanon, families have undergone huge trauma and need our support to rebuild their lives. For countries as fragile as South Sudan prayer is a powerful and far reaching tool.

To donate to the work of Tearfund please follow this link and please continue to pray for families who have fled their homes.

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