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World Relief's work helps churches in the Middle East thrive.

The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.
— Ephesians 1:20-23 (The Message)

Middle East Christians are being threatened by genocide. Watch Pastor Jon Klinepeter from Willow Chicago, a Willow Creek Community Church, share about how we can all help refugees.


The Church, as described in Ephesians, is the hope of humanity, and churches in the Middle East are making a very real difference today. But they are increasingly in need as they struggle with overwhelming demands.

The best people to respond to a crisis are the locals, and World Relief is partnering with local churches to serve the most vulnerable–all religious and cultural groups–in this complex humanitarian crisis.

We need your help today!

 

Support World Relief to serve persecuted Christians, other minority groups in the Middle East and the most vulnerable people around the globe. 

 

The Christian Population Decline in the Middle East

SYRIA 64% decline since 2011 [Ref: Christianity Today]

SYRIA
64% decline

since 2011
[Ref: Christianity Today]

IRAQ 80% decline since 2003 [Ref: Relevant Magazine]

IRAQ
80% decline
since 2003
[Ref: Relevant Magazine]

These entities have all said there is a genocide happening against Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East: The President of the United States, Pope Francis, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

 

The Obama Administration announced that the persecution of Christians and other minority groups is systematic genocide.

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry determined that terrorist groups and warring militias are committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria.

7.6 million Syrians are displaced within the country, and 3.8 million have sought refuge in other countries. The 4 million people displaced within Iraq, as well as 500,000 Iraqis who have sought refuge in other countries has further compound this humanitarian crisis. The UNHCR’s latest figures show the refugee crisis is getting worse.

 


 

"Daesh (Terrorist group) is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.

(They) have tried to slaughter whole communities, enslaved captive women and girls for sex, and sought to erase thousands of years of cultural heritage by destroying churches, monasteries and ancient monuments." 

— Secretary of State John Kerry

 
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Persecuted churches in the Middle East are responding to the refugee crisis in courageous and grace-filled ways doing whatever they can to love their neighbors.

Through your support World Relief is able to equip churches to support refugees and displaced people within their communities as well as help build the long-term capacity for these churches to bring hope and healing to the region.

For media coverage on this issue, see the following articles.