FOWM #253 - Hope Through Fire in Greece

FOWM #253 - Hope Through Fire in Greece

Dear Friends and partners of World Mission,

On September 8, 2020, devastating fires swept through the Moria Camp, a community of refugees in Greece, displacing more than 11,000 people. Serve Globally’s partner Eurorelief moved quickly to help establish temporary housing for the resilient but devastated refugees. Already displaced from their homeland, now they are displaced from their place of refuge. It’s too much! 

More than one million refugees poured into Europe in 2015. They came from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as other strife-filled and impoverished countries in the Middle East and Africa. One of the main entry points has been the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos just off the coast of Turkey. These islands continue to be a landing place for displaced people fleeing oppression, war, and persecution.

Eurorelief has been a continuous presence in the lives of camp residents since they began operation on Lesbos in 2015 in response to the massive influx of refugees and migrants. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to supply new arrivals with basic non-food items such as shelter, clothing, and sanitation. Eurorelief is a Christian organization in Greece that works closely with the Free Evangelical Churches of Greece, also a Serve Globally partner. Eurorelief is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that does not receive any government funding.

We invite you through this FOWM project to join Eurorelief’s efforts to minister to the downtrodden and disenfranchised refugees in the camps on Lesbos and Samos Islands. Not only is there a need to help rebuild the Moria Camp that was destroyed by the fires, but care and educational support are also needed for these vulnerable people, 57 percent of whom are unaccompanied women and children. Would you prayerfully consider giving generously in response to the urgent needs in these camps? 

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. –Matthew 10:42, niv