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Refugees

From the Field

What is a refugee? Facts, FAQs, and how to help

There are more refugees in the world than ever before, and their needs have never been greater, not only for the basic necessities of life, but for hope and opportunities to be self-sufficient. Find out more about the global refugee crisis.

From the Field

Syrian refugee crisis: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Now in its ninth year, the Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Because of the Syrian civil war, 6.7 million people have fled Syria as refugees, putting a strain on the region’s ability to cope, and another 6.2 million people are displaced within Syria.

Change Makers

What does the Bible say about refugees?

You won’t find the word “refugee” in the Bible, but there are principles in God’s Word for how his people are to treat those who are called “strangers,” “foreigners,” and “sojourners” in our translations. In Matthew 25, Jesus says that how we treat “strangers” indicates whether or not we are his followers. Disciples’ behavior should include hospitality to strangers. And the New Testament epistles use the term “strangers” as a metaphor for our status before we professed faith in Jesus Christ.

Prayers

Matthew 25: Pray for refugees, disaster survivors

God is with people suffering from disaster — refugees, earthquake survivors, families facing famine. Join us in prayer for all who find themselves “strangers,” as Jesus calls them in Matthew 25:35.

Change Makers

Lopez Lomong runs for refugees and clean water

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan, was kidnapped and imprisoned, spent 10 years in a refugee camp, and was eventually adopted by a U.S. family. Today, he continues to run and to raise funds and advocate for clean water and South Sudanese refugees.

Voices

‘Nobody wants to leave home and the people they love’

World Vision U.S. President Edgar Sandoval Sr. learned something true of all people: Nobody wants to leave home and the people they love. It’s tough to start over in an unfamiliar and often unwelcoming place, where you’re not treated the same as others and you have to work twice as hard for everything. But his situation was a far cry from the way some people leave their homes today.