Refugees

Jul 15, 2019 by Jonathan Self

Join the Healing Journey for Rohingya Refugees

Why is it that the most vulnerable in society are often the most significantly affected by conflict? What do we do when a young girl is raped by a soldier and left to be haunted by this abuse for the rest of her life? Where is justice for those whose only option is to run barefoot into the rainforest away from the military, making a daring journey across a raging river and into a foreign land with no guarantee of security? How do we comprehend the atrocities of children being murdered because they were born in one village and not another?

Nov 9, 2018 by Juan Carlos Carcamo

They Look for a Safe Place

HONDURAS - In October, 160 Hondurans left the town of San Pedro Sula to gain asylum in Mexico or the United States. As they walked north, their numbers grew: 1000 in the first two days, 1,600 by day three, over 4,000 by October 15. Migrant movements have happened before, but this one is attracting global attention and debate about the rights of people seeking asylum.

Aug 31, 2018 by Jon Self

One Year Walking Alongside Rohingya Refugees

BANGLADESH - One year ago, life forever changed for Rohingya families living in Myanmar. On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military began a campaign of brutal attacks against thousands of Rohingya people.

May 28, 2018 by Krista Dam-VandeKuyt

All Ontario Youth Convention Sees Glimpse of the Refugee Experience

God’s promises found in Isaiah —to always be present, to be “Here,”— was the theme for the 2018 All Ontario Youth Convention held May 18-21 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. The convention, originating in 1975, continues to grow each year and aims to encourage and equip youth to learn more about God, themselves and how to be catalysts of transformation. 

Sep 11, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Reaching Displaced Families in South Asia

Over 40 million people across South Asia are experiencing devastating floods.

Jun 12, 2017

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is June 20! We encourage you and your church to recognize this day all month long by celebrating and remembering refugees.

Feb 22, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Severe Food Shortage Threatens Millions

Conflict in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen has resulted in over 20 million people facing severe hunger. In parts of north-central South Sudan, famine has been declared. This is the first famine that has been declared since 2011, when a quarter of a million people died during a famine in Somalia.

Jan 30, 2017

Statement on Refugee Resettlement

World Renew believes that God’s Word directs us to welcome strangers in our midst and to extend special care to the poor. World Renew respects the governing authorities and the laws of the state.  World Renew understands that citizenship in the kingdom of God obligates us to the highest law: love for God and for our neighbours. Exercising this love should lead us to advocate for laws that will mandate the just and humane treatment of immigrant peoples; indeed, love for the immigrant should lead us to expand and not retract our refugee resettlement programs.

Jan 30, 2017 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Our Call to Stand With Refugees

I am not an immigrant. There are relatively few of us who can say this, but I am one of the Native Americans that can make that claim. I remember the waves of immigrants who have washed over this country, not all honoring the people already living here. Nor have all of us treated them well in return. For this, I repent.

Jan 26, 2017 by Danielle Rowaan

Welcoming the World to Our Churches

“We started our sponsorship with the boat people from Vietnam in 1979. Over the next years more people arrived from that area, then Eastern European, and South American. Right now we have a Karen family of five from Burma and are in the process of sponsoring another family group from Africa,” said Angela. Back in 1979, Cliff and Angela were chosen by their church to be the point of contact for the first Vietnamese refugee family the church sponsored through World Renew. They soon realized, however, that this work needed to be shared by a larger group.

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