In December, 2013 the first ever Christmas meal for Christian refugee children from Iraq and Syria was held in Amman, Jordan. In 2014 the program was expanded to Lebanon. Thousands of children received a traditional Arabic Christmas dinner and a "joy bag" of basic foods stuffs to last their family for a week. In 2015 the Christmas program for Christian refugee children is expanding to serve Christians in Iraq displaced from the Mosul area by the Islamic State.
Hundreds of thousands of Christian families with children have been driven from their homelands in Iraq and Syria by brutal wars. Some of these families are the descendants of men and women led to follow Jesus by his Apostles. The ancient churches of Iraq and Syria have been looted and destroyed and the families of these congregations forced off the land.
HELPING THE VICTIMS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA
Help us reach out to help these frightened and suffering Christians who were driven from their ancient homeland. Large Islamic charity organizations, as well as the Islamic governments, are providing relief to Muslim refugee families from Syria. Sadly, Christians are seen by many Islamic charity groups as "kafir" or unclean infidels and they receive no help. We help these Christians!
MAKING A SPECIAL DAY SPECIAL
Syrian Christian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon can be counted in the tens of thousands. Once living in middle class homes, they are now homeless. Help us make this one special day, on Christmas, a little brighter for some of the children in the refugee camps. We can't end hunger and fear for all of these children 365 days a year, but we can start by showing God's love on this one special day.
These are a few of the many photos from various Christmas events held in 2015 in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq for refugee and displaced children. In all nearly 4,000 children and their families were server by the Christmas for Refugee program
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More that 600 children attend Christmas for Refugee events in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq. The Gospel is clearly defined at the same time children are entertained and fed. Sadly only 300 of over 2,000 children in one displaced persons center were able to attend because of a lack of space.
American team monitors Christmas events in Jordan: The Christmas for Refugees program has greatly expanded in 2015 with events in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. So far the American Christmas for Refugees team has monitored and participated in events in Lebanon and Jordan. The events in Iraq take place just a few days before Christmas.
The American team monitoring the Christmas for Refugee program visited Lebanon first and observed two of the events for children. The Gospel, games and food were central to the each event along with gifts for the kids. A $60 food voucher also was given to each child’s family
The smiles of the faces of the children say it all: The first Christmas for Refugees event of 2015 was a hit! The first event was held in church in Mount Lebanon Governorate north of Beirut. Each of the Christmas events will be attended by 50 to 150 refugee children. A total of 60 children participated in the first.
The first Christmas event in Lebanon is scheduled for December 13th. The dinner events for the children in Lebanon are scattered all over the country because the refugees are scattered. There are no United Nations refugee camps in Lebanon despite the fact that over 1.2 million Syrians alone are refugees there
The Christmas program for the children is about the hope we all find in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the aid provided to the families is both material and spiritual. Families without Bibles receive one, and children receive workbooks based on Bible themes
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During a September, 2015 mission trip two events with meals and faith building programs were held for refugee children in Iraq. The performance of the local ministry we contracted to conduct the program proved beyond a doubt that they had the ability to move hundreds of people to an event, have a program for them, and return them safely to their homes.
Most Christians remaining in Iraq are displaced: In about a month program director William J. Murray will be travelling to Jordan and Iraq to oversee the relief efforts including expansion of the Christmas for Refugee program. A test run of dinner events will be held in the Erbil area to prepare for the Christmas programs later this year
William J. Murray’s final report on his December mission trip in Lebanon and Jordan to oversee the Christmas for Refugees events for children. The program was a tremendous success and ministries look forward to expansion in 2015
Unlike many humanitarian feeding programs, Christmas for Refugees presented the Christmas story and the “reason for the season,” the coming of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At each Christmas meal event the birth of Christ was explained in detail in puppet shows and through each event coordinator and pastor. Children even received a special colorful comic book describing the true meaning of Christmas
William J. Murray reports from Lebanon on the continued success of the Christmas dinner program for Christian refugee He arrived in Lebanon on the 13th of December as the program was underway and has watched the joy of the children as they were able celebrate Christmas so far from their homes. The children sang, play games and had a Christmas meal and their families received voucher for food of their choice at a market.
On December 6th the first Christmas dinner for one hundred Christian refugee children was held in Beirut, Lebanon. The next two dinners will be held in Lebanon on in mid-month. The remaining nine planned banquets will be held Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley
A great big thank you to all of the supporters of the Religious Freedom Coalition who have helped with the Christmas for Refugees program! Funds are still needed for the project in Jordan, but sufficient funds for the 1,000 Christmas meals initially planned for Christian children in Lebanon have been received and placed in a dedicated account.
The Christmas for Refugee program was begun to bring spiritual help as well as food and medicine to Christian refugees children and their families. Many of the children have had fathers or older brothers who have been martyred, murdered in cold blood by al-Nusra and Islamic State (ISIL) fighters. In some cases they have been forced to watch their fathers being beheaded or in some cases crucified. The once lived in middle class homes and this Christmas will face starvation.