Report From Week of Compassion - The Disciples Emergency Relief Organization

We continue to pray and lift the thousands of refugees in Europe and the Middle East as the crises worsen and continue to dominate the headlines. More than 267,000 mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters have now survived treach- erous voyages to European shores in what the United Nations has described as the biggest refugee crisis since World War II....

Aid and advocacy are now sorely needed, and both require great coordination of efforts. In a letter issued earlier this week to the global member churches, the World Council of Churches writes, β€œIn this critical moment, ecumenical cooperation in the response is especially important, in order to enhance the collective impact of our various activities, to encourage others and to give a com- mon witness of compassion, justice and peace. The nature of this crisis calls for both humani- tarian support and advocacy with governments.”

Just since last week, our partners at ACT Alliance continued to mobilize humanitarian response to the growing crisis, and Week of Compassion expanded existing efforts, channeling additional resources to member organizations in Greece, Serbia, and Hungary. Their needs are staggering. In Greece, as infrastructure is strained and registration waiting periods continue to increase, families sheltering on open beaches await a harsh cold season....

In the days to come, your Week of Compassion will continue to work with partners to provide food, water, warm clothing, and shelter to the thousands of displaced persons for whom the journey is only beginning. Thank you for your support and partnership, and for putting your Compassion into Action for the thousands of lives impacted by the crisis.