The news has been filled this first week of September with chaotic scenes. 3-year old Alyan Kurdi, along with his brother Galip, their mother, and nine other Syrian refugees drowned during an attempt to pass the Aegean Sea in hopes of finding safety (over 2500 others have been lost in recent months attempting similar escape). Outside of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, trains packed with Syrian refugees have been halted at the order of the authorities, while the migrants inside refuse to leave because they know that they cannot survive being returned home.
Since the beginning of 2015, over 100,000 displaced persons from Northern and Middle Africa, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq have been registered in Hungary alone, but the authorities are unable to handle all the needs of the migrants as the numbers continue to rapidly increase. All countries surrounding the crisis region are feeling the same strain on their resources, and the situation will only continue to become more dire.
For the past four years, the crisis in Syria has been escalating. Unimaginable violence and unrest across the Middle East and Northern Africa has grown to a level that has created one of the greatest humanitarian crises in current memory. Not since the Second World War have we seen such high numbers of refugees and displaced persons desperately seeking safety and refuge in lands not their own.
This week, we have been confronted with a visible image of exactly what is at stake. The lives, of many of which have been lost – of men, women, and children… all are beloved children of God.
At this moment, the church is being called to respond. The United Church of Christ through its partnerships has been working to provide support and refuge to those in need.
How We Can Help:
- Prayers are always needed.
- If you wish to make a monetary donation to aid in this relief work, please make your check payable to “First Congregational Church”, and note on the check “Syria Humanitarian Crisis.” You may place your check in the offering plate or mail to”
First Congregational Church
138 Main Street
P.O. Box 477
Westminster, MA 01473
Donations will be forwarded to the United Church of Christ.