Redemptive Stories Supports Syrian Refugees as Winter Approaches

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After fleeing homes and struggling with job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, refugee families settle in for a new hardship: winter.

Samuel with Redemptive Stories says that despite COVID-19 cases stabilizing to around 1000 per day in Jordan, many Syrian refugees continue to feel the strain of hard times. Frequently these families live off day laborer incomes in sectors that pay poorly even during good times.

It’s common to see a household of six to ten people living off about five to seven US dollars a day. However, with lockdowns slowing or stopping day laborer work, covering necessities for a family has gotten even harder.

Samuel says this problem grows urgent in winter. Not only are basics like food and clothing a problem, suddenly heat and staying dry become an issue. Many families cannot afford to keep a heater all year long. They sell it when the weather warms up and look for one again in the winter.

Physical Needs and Gospel Witness

Redemptive Stories partners with local organizations to help provide some of these basic supplies and offer in person encouragement to refugee families in need.

“In this case, we have a visitation program,” Samuel says. “It’s a partnership with a local church that goes out and interacts with these families that we work with. We provide some basic aid for them, whatever their unique needs are and then we share the Gospel with them. We share the hope of Jesus Christ with them.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for safety and continued access for Redemptive Stories as they work with refugees.
  • Pray that God would protect new Syrian Christians physically and help them to grow spiritually this winter.
  • Support an organization like the MENA Collective who provides physical support to refugees.

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