In December, 2013 the first ever Christmas meal for Christian refugee children from Iraq and Syria was held in Amman, Jordan. Hundreds of children from many different families received a traditional Arabic Christmas dinner and a "joy bag" of basic foods to take "home" to their families in refugee camps. For Christmas, 2014 the program has expanded in Jordan and into Lebanon. You can make a difference by helping Christian refugee children!
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.
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.