Today, the number of people in our world displaced from their homes by violence and persecution is unprecedented in human history. By the end of 2014, nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced, with nearly a third–20 million–living outside of their countries as refugees. By far, the greatest force driving this crisis is Syria. Nearly half of Syria’s population is thought to be displaced or killed. Four million Syrians have now taken refuge in neighboring countries like Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon, struggling to build new lives for themselves in regions far from home.
Through partnerships with local organizations and churches, World Relief is providing temporary shelters, hygiene items, and psychosocial counseling to displaced refugee families, as well as sponsoring child-friendly spaces for mothers and children. World Relief is also working to train and equip churches to welcome the massive influx of refugees into Europe. In addition, World Relief has been empowering local churches to resettle refugees in the United States for more than 35 years.