Redeemer Refugee Response
Here are some details we have about ways we can respond as a church to the present refugee crisis.
Through conflict, poverty and political turmoil in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of the Balkans, Europe is seeing its biggest migrant crisis since the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have arrived, and are arriving, in Europe. Some of these refugees are coming to The Hague. At present there are about 1500 refugees who have arrived or will shortly be arriving in the city.
Throughout the Bible we see clearly God’s heart for those who are vulnerable and in need. As Christians in The Hague we have an incredible opportunity to show the love and care of Jesus in how we welcome ‘strangers’ and respond more generally to refugees in our city.
What can we do?
There are three main areas that we can act upon in response to the situation.
God hears us when we cry out to him. All of us can make a difference in bringing the situation before God in prayer.
2. Get involved.
There are a number of great initiatives already happening and below are some links where you can find out more, or sign up to volunteer in some capacity:
- Volunteer for the Red Cross ‘Welcome Store’ in The Hague (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Participate in other local projects (haagsehout@denhaag.
- Send a ‘Welcome / Encouragement postcard’ (vluchtelingenwerk.
- Participate in national initiatives (ikwilietsdoenvoor
- Volunteer to be involved in activities with children 12-18 years who are in The Hague (email@example.com)
- We are setting up a ‘Host Families’ initiative with Stichting Present, where refugees can come and spend an evening or part of a day with a local family / few friends where they can feel welcomed and cared for. We will talk about this more as soon as things are organised but if you are keen to help with setting it up please contact Gerlinde
3. Give financially.
There are many great charities and organisations that you can support financially. As a church we are going to give 3000 Euros each to the following organisations:
– (Locally) Vluchtelingenwerk
– (Internationally) Foundations for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East
We will make the transfer at the end of November so if you want to give additionally to either of these organisations through the church you are welcome to. Please give your transfers the following references ‘Refugees local’ or ‘Refugees international’ and we will make sure it gets added to the amounts we have already set aside as a church.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Gerlinde & Joshua de Jong