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February 21, 2017
By Matt Morrison
His photo in 2015 shocked the world. After a swelling of international attention on the Syrian refugee crisis, the image of little 3-year-old Aylan brought the entire situation into focus. Along an otherwise serene Turkish beach, the disturbingly peaceful body of the young Kurdish boy lay face down, washed up after his family’s escape across the Mediterranean Sea went terribly wrong.
Aylan’s story is tragically common as millions of Syrians flee their homeland. Some have settled in refugee camps in neighboring countries while others risk their lives journeying across the sea to Europe. As the world becomes increasingly aware of the situation, one thing is clear: we are watching the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II unfold before our eyes.
In 2017, e3 Partners is offering many opportunities to serve refugees who are fleeing with little more than the clothes on their backs. You can make a difference in their lives by joining a short-term mission trip to one of these locations.
For refugees fleeing to Europe, Germany is their goal. Over one million displaced people have already been resettled. Cities like Frankfurt, Munich, and Berlin have become processing centers where Syrians can begin their new lives.
You can meet people from all over the globe seeking a new life in Germany. Each trip includes opportunities to meet with refugees, hear their stories, build relationships, and show the love of Christ. This is a chance to touch the world with the Gospel, all from one location.
As of 2015, over 747,000 Syrians had fled into Jordan. And that’s just the number of refugees who are registered! Jordanian government officials estimate that the nation now has 1.5 million Syrians within their borders. Another 58,000 refugees have come from Iraq. Jordan is considered “the Switzerland of the Middle East” and for generations, the people have felt a kinship with their Syrian neighbors. They have been more than welcoming, yet the government’s resources are stretched thin.
Our national partners have been working with refugees in Jordan since the crisis initially emerged. Through the six-year outreach, hundreds of Syrians have found their ultimate safety in the arms of Jesus. They are extremely open to Christ and are already dissatisfied with their religion. You can help meet the physical needs of Syrian refugees and, more importantly, show them who Jesus is.
Trips are being scheduled throughout the year and each expedition will provide food, water, and other basic necessities in the refugee camps. Our teams will also include doctors offering free clinics, medications, and eyeglasses. While providing basic care, there will be numerous opportunities to share the Gospel while caring for their spiritual needs.
For over five years now, Greece has become the common landing point for refugees crossing into Europe via the Aegean Sea. Thousands die every year on the journey. The ones who make it have already travelled thousands of miles and have much further to go. Many require medical care and face a long emotional healing process.
Three mission trips are already planned for 2017, going into various parts of the country where refugees are finding temporary shelter. This is your chance to meet them, hear their stories, and show Christ to them.
While much of the world focuses on the worsening situation in the Middle East, South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is quickly descending back into civil war. Some fear the situation has already developed into full-on genocide. 3.2 million Sudanese are internally displaced.
Over 719,000 South Sudanese refugees have settled in Uganda since December 2013. While the causes and background of this crisis are radically different than the Middle East, the implications are just as dire. On these trips, you can provide basic medical care, hear their stories, and show the love of Christ in tangible ways.
These countries are at the heart of this unprecedented crisis. You can travel safely into these regions where the needs are greatest and work with gifted leaders who have the most effective ministry today among refugees. This is your chance to make a difference.
If you would like to learn more information about serving in one of these locations, click here and fill out the provided form. We will contact you with specific dates and destinations.