This fall the Neptune Beach Wednesday Night Bible Study Group of the Church of Our Savior launched a campaign to help those fleeing from the atrocities in the Middle East. Many who have been targets of ISIS, the brutal, renegade Muslim fighters, have been Christians. The church’s efforts also focused on the Yezidi who face particular persecution because of their religion that differs from the branch of Islam represented by the terrorists. As they poured into a neighboring country with nothing but the clothes on their back a devastating refugee crisis loomed.
Working through experienced people at a church in the region, the group here focused on buying a large, weather-sturdy tents. The goal of just under $600 was reached and there is already a family living in the tent. We praise God for the hearts that opened to meet this desperate need. So also do the Christians working there in the field.
The leader of the committee set up by the church in the locality to minister to the refugees recently wrote:
Faithful Servants of our Lord Jesus Christ,
An older couple share a tent
I wish to report to you that your giving has given the believers (here) the ability to demonstrate the love of God to a people who only know Him by name. Your generosity has been tremendous, not only a witness to the Yezidi refugees, but also to all the Turkish believers who have taken part in giving items that your contributions have purchased. The believers are really encouraged by the outpouring of love fellow Christians around the world have demonstrated.
We have noticed that as a result, many of the people from the municipalities genuinely respect us as
Christians and have even begun to show spiritual interest. One woman we met while serving even gave her life to the Lord. Others have been asking deep and sincere questions. These developments are very exciting for us.
The fragrance of Christ is demonstrated in your sacrificial giving.
For months the paramilitary group ISIS in Iraq and Syria has massacred and terrorized thousands, many of them Christians, who have been forced to flee their homes. These refugees leave everything behind. And, their numbers just keep increasing creating a refugee crisis in the Middle East of disaster proportions.
The inside of these heavy duty tents with drapes to separate living spaces.
While politicians worldwide agonize over what to do about this violence which Muslims across the region disavow, some Christians are finding quiet ways to help by providing temporary homes for these refugees.
Many of them are Yezidi, who have been singled out by the renegade Muslims because of their unique religion. They have fled to a neighboring country in search of safety and shelter. As overwhelming as the need is, our God rejoices in small steps. And some Christians in countries flooded by Yezidi refugees have made a start. They are seeking to provide shelter, buying large tents designed for the cold weather.
These tents are designed to withstand winter weather.
This offers an opportunity for Church of Our Savior to make a small step in the name of Jesus. We can contribute toward the purchase of those tents pictured here. The cost for each is just under $600. And the worker on the ground organizing this effort has offered to send us pictures of the refugees housed in the tents we buy so we can pray for them and, in a small way, share their trials.
Please pray about taking part in meeting this unprecedented need. And especially pray for an end to this terrible persecution.
To participate in meeting this need by helping to buy a tent simply enter the amount you wish to give in the box below and click on “Go” This will open a form where you can securely enter your credit card information. Before entering that information select “Tents for Refugees” from the drop-down selector near the top of the form.