We offer specific appeals during Lent and Advent and encourage you to give during this season of reflection, anticipation, and meaning. In the past, we’ve worked with programs feeding people in Malawi, a hospital in Liberia, and the largest refugee camp in the world located in Bangladesh.
As of June 2022, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that 100 million people are displaced from their homes for the first time in human history. That is 1 in 78 people on earth. The total number of people displaced has reached a record high. The causes of people becoming persons of concern (refugee, asylum seeker, internally displaced, stateless) is varied. In the first half of 2022, we saw invasions, natural disasters, health emergencies, and political violence leading to people fleeing for safety, food, or opportunity.
UNHCR also reports only 53% of refugee sites surveyed had acceptable levels of food security. Access to clean water, healthcare, basic shelter, and the ability to work are all limited for displaced persons. https://fpg.is/unhcr-2021-report
We’re asking you to consider a donation that will specifically aid displaced people. In addition, we’ll match a total of all donations up to $3,000 from the World Wesleyan Hunger Fund. Our partner for this campaign is Church World Service (CWS). You may already know that CWS counts 37 denominations amongst its partners, including the African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, and United Methodist churches.
A portion of the resulting grant to CWS will be directed to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund to address the unique needs created by the conflict, with the rest of the funds unrestricted and applied as needed to CWS programs.
FastPrayGive.org has matched up to $3,000 in gifts with World Wesleyan Hunger Funds for this Advent and Christmas project.
Rev. Ray Buchanan says, “We’ll never end hunger by only feeding people,” and if our efforts are focused only on immediate need, we find the challenges remain chronic. Breaking generational cycles of hunger means equipping people with literacy, sanitation, psychosocial well-being, and personal safety. As individuals, we don’t have the physical or political power to eliminate all the causes of migration and immigration. Still, we can help our human families during their time of need.
Please consider donating towards our goal of providing as much aid and support to Church World Service by donating below.
Want to get our Advent guide and donate at the same time? You can donate to this project at checkout if you purchase any product from our store including our Advent guide, or you can donate through the web-form below.
You can also donate to this project at checkout if you purchase any product from our store including our Advent guide.