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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.

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