Refugee Highway Partnership

18 Jun

This morning, 44 million people around the world woke up someplace other than their home.  Forcibly displaced, war and persecution have left them with no other choice but to leave their families, homes, and jobs.  All live in fear of returning.

Of these 44 million, over 15 million are refugees – those who have not merely been relocated within their own country, but have been forced, instead, to seek shelter in another land.  Often without sufficient food, water, shelter, or medical care, they live day to day with the scars left by the traumatic events that they have witnessed.  Nearly 80% of these refugees come from developing countries, 47% are under the age of 18, and 100% need our help.

The Refugee Highway Partnership was formed in 2001 in Izmir, Turkey as over 200 members of 16 different evangelical ministries met to consult about refugee ministry.  Today, you too can play a part in their mission.  Take a moment to visit their website where you can download a map of the routes traveled by refugees, view video presentations, and link to a Virtual Refugee Camp where you can learn more about the trials that face Forcibly Displaced People around the world each and every day.

Are you ready to get involved?  Download a Refugee Advocacy Packet that will help you as you begin to share the need with others.   Subscribe to the prayer chain, committing yourself to pray for refugees and for the workers around the world who are laboring to help them.  Or sign up to host a World Refugee Sunday event in your home church.  There are plenty of other ways to be involved, so take the time to explore the sites of the RHP’s Partner Organizations as well.  Then commit to making a difference!

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