An excerpt from an email I received today from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, an arm of my denomination:
Children’s Crisis in Syria
Violence in Syria continues to dominate news headlines around the world, but few front page stories mention the children’s crisis in and around the country.
More than two million residents fled Syria in the past two years due to the country’s civil war, and approximately half of them are children under the age of 11. Thousands of these children crossed borders into neighboring nations without their parents.
United Nations Representatives said the situation is “truly a children’s crisis” with lifelong consequences. These displaced children and their families rely on humanitarian organizations and churches for physical, emotional, and spiritual help.
Nine Nazarene churches throughout the denomination’s Eastern Mediterranean Field currently minister to about 3,000 families in need.
The Church of the Nazarene has prioritized education as a means to help these children in need. The denomination runs four schools in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon that serve children who have missed up to a year of school.
Last year, Nazarene schools enrolled Syrian students who could not pay school fees, and they hope to enroll 325 this year. Join with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in supporting a Syrian child by sponsoring their education.
• $400 will enroll a Syrian child in a Nazarene school for an entire year
• $100 will provide books and clothes for the school year
• $45 will support a child’s school fees for one month
You don’t have to give any of the suggested amounts, though if you are able, I think that’s an excellent thing to do. (And this is only one way that the denomination is working; since the Church of the Nazarene is openly Christian, those working in the Middle East have to be careful). Even $5 will help. Please consider giving toward NCM’s Syrian crisis relief campaign.
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