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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.

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

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.

Change Makers

How to talk about refugees with your kids

Stories in the news show children and families who’ve endured tragic loss, terrifying violence, or painful injury. Experts widely agree that parents should shield young children from violent and disturbing news. But how can you explain the global refugee crisis in age-appropriate terms and help them become informed and empowered to help?

From the Field

Central America migration: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Here are basic facts and FAQs about Central America migration, how World Vision addresses root causes of poverty there, and how you can help. One program raising promise among vulnerable youth in Central America is Youth Ready. Through this approach, we help young people discover their potential, develop specific career and life skills, establish support networks, build character and confidence, and plan for their future in their communities. This is work is made possible, largely because of child sponsorship.

From the Field

How’d they do that: Clean water in emergencies

When disaster strikes, access to clean water is critical for survival. In communities prone to frequent disasters, local ownership of water systems is essential to their ability to bounce back. When war forces a family to flee to a refugee camp, access to water and good sanitation facilities can be the difference between hope and despair. Here are three different ways World Vision emergency responders bring life-saving clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to people affected by disasters around the world.

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, 5.6 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.