A New Start | Local Impact Project

Mar 15 2017

Third Country Resettlement
The conflict in Syria has caused the largest displacement crisis in the world – there are over 4.8 million registered refugees and an estimated 6.3 million displaced people within Syria, including 4.9 million people trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to serious protection threats. Families have fled their homes because it is simply too dangerous to stay. 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Since the start of the Syria crisis the number of resettlement and other admission pathways for refugees equates to only 4.7% of the total population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey. Refugees may be resettled in a third country, however this is a small proportion and most will stay in the region.

Fear and insecurity are in many places dominating the atmosphere and causing division as borders are closed to prevent a surge of refugees and to combat fears of importing terrorism. In September 2016 the Australian government pledged to take in 12,000 additional refugees fleeing conflict in Iraq and Syria. We have the opportunity to provide welcome for those who arrive on our shores. We also have an opportunity to raise our voices regarding the rights and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers and related government policy.

We will work with various partner agencies in different states across Australia who are providing settlement services to refugees in Australia including Settlement Services International, AMES and MDA.

“Welcome Home”: Local Impact Project
Each of our global conference locations have planned projects to reach out to their local communities, supporting refugee and asylum seekers settle into their new country. Click into the project fact sheet to find more information about your cities local impact project.
Together we are praying for those who have endured traumatic and exhausting journeys. We celebrate the courage and capacity of refugee families and pray that communities will welcome and embrace those arriving. We pray for support and the confidence to navigate the settlement process and a new city, for basic needs to be met, relationships to be forged, and opportunities to be realised. We pray for compassionate government policy that upholds every person’s human rights. We pray for increased humanitarian refugee intake, including those from the Middle East region. We pray for effectiveness in both the processing of refugee claims and in settlement and service provision. We pray that the contribution of refugees will be recognised and that diversity will be celebrated. We pray for a sense of home for those arriving in our nation.

If you are part of a local church we encourage you to be mindful of your local church vision and be sure to graciously submit and share your heart with those in leadership in your life. We believe we should see this as an ‘above and beyond’ endeavour that has the capacity to reach out and build bridges into our unchurched communities and ultimately be a blessing.

Check out our handy little tips on various ways to raise funds. Please see the financial guidelines document online for more practical information. Please note that if a project is completed we reserve the right to transfer any excess funds to another project.

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