Syrian Refugee Crisis

The worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

The crisis in Syria affects more than 12 million people -- more than those affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Indian Ocean tsunami combined.

Half of Syria's population have fled their homes and are living in camps with little more than the clothes on their backs. “Life for refugees is getting worse, humanitarian funding is appallingly meager, and there is no way that host communities and countries can bear the growing costs of these alarming trends,” says World Vision Syria Response Director Wynn Flaten. 

In light of the greatest forced migration of people in our lifetime, the Church needs to stand in the gap, by demonstrating the love and compassion of Christ.

The time for the Church to act is now. 

What does World Vision provide for my church's Refugee Sunday?

1. SMALL GROUP PRAYER AND DISCUSSION GUIDE

Challenge your small groups to put their faith into action through our new 4 week study that explores the Biblical themes of compassion and love for neighbor.

2. RESOURCES FOR YOUR WEEKEND SERVICES

We provide you with a video to inspire your congregation to serve Syrian refugees this year, talking points and sermon notes for you to deliver an impactful talk; and resources to promote your event.

3. TANGIBLE WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

People in your church will have the opportunity to become a Refugee Responder and commit monthly to supporting the urgent needs of refugees living in unimaginable situations.

What pastors are saying about partnering with World Vision...

"Following Jesus out to the masses in the margins is messy business.  It’s much easier to ignore the least, lowest, and last.  That’s why Crossroads loves to partner with our friends at World Vision as they blaze a trail to those in greatest need."

Pastor Phil Print
Crossroads Church in Woodbury, MN

"World Vision displays the principles of Jesus and the love of Jesus without arguing over the teachings of Jesus. They make friends all around the world, in the most dangerous places in the world, so that they can change the world."

Pastor Dean Curry
Life Center in Tacoma, WA

How World Vision is responding

Since the beginning of this crisis, World Vision has helped more than 2 million people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. We are now also providing aid in Serbia in response to thousands of refugees fleeing to Europe to escape violence in their homelands.

World Vision continues to provide aid to refugees and host communities in Lebanon and Jordan. Aid includes distributing personal and household supplies and providing clean water and sanitation. Programs for children include remedial and supplemental education so they can return to school, as well as safe places where children can play and recover from emotional scars.

We are also working in northern Syria, providing critical food aid, hygiene support, health assistance, and water and sanitation.

Find out more about how your church can help.

Host a Refugee Sunday and inspire your church to a deeper walk with Christ as they learn about God's heart for the most vulnerable.

Join a movement of churches following Jesus to the margins by helping the millions of child refugees fleeing the violence in Syria.