Everyone deserves to be safe. Everyone deserves to be protected.

Yet, an unprecedented 60 million people around the world have been forced from their homes because of poverty, violence or a fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group.

Conflict and hunger in South Sudan forced one million people from their homes. PWS&D responded to the crisis and severe hunger by providing food vouchers to families affected.

Conflict and hunger in South Sudan forced one million people from their homes. PWS&D responded to the crisis by providing food vouchers and rations to families affected. Photo: Amanda Thorsteinsson, CFGB

The refugee ministry of PWS&D is a response to Christ’s call to serve and defend the vulnerable and the persecuted.

Within The Presbyterian Church in Canada, numerous congregations are enthusiastically involved in sponsoring refugees. Through PWS&D, they also provide refugees overseas with vital humanitarian aid.

On World Refugee Day, we reflect on the ways we can help support these men, women and children on their journey toward a life of peace.

Responding in Syria

After over five years, violence and suffering endures in Syria. Over four million refugees have fled the country, 6.6 million are displaced within it and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian aid.

A refugee from Syria prepares food for her family as her son helps her with the stove. They live in a rented "tent". Photo: Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance

A refugee from Syria prepares food for her family. They live in a rented tent in Lebanon. Photo: Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance

PWS&D is responding to the crisis by providing much needed assistance. Working with other ACT Alliance members, PWS&D is contributing to provide essential food and non-food items to thousands of people in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Through our partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D is helping provide food items to over 49,000 people displaced within Syria and vouchers for over 17,000 people in Lebanon.

This crucial support ensures that families who don’t earn enough income to pay all their expenses still have access to food—providing a source of comfort and strength while families rebuild their lives.

Resources for World Refugee Day

Welcoming the Stranger will call your church together to reflect on those enduring displacement around the world. Additionally, you can learn more about conflict, migration and refugees in Forced to Flee—a new activity for youth and young adults.

Image of arrow pointing downWelcoming the Stranger Worship Resource
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Image of arrow pointing downForced to Flee Youth Resource
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