Thousands of Syrian refugees have arrived in Australia having fled conflict in their home country.
The scale of the humanitarian crisis that is occurring is beyond imagination.
Every day thousands of people are seeking refuge with little other than the clothes on their backs. They join more than four million who have fled this conflict in the last four years.
Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan has launched a national Syrian Appeal asking people to generously support the UCA’s involvement.
Uniting Church congregations and UnitingCare and will have an important role welcoming the refugees and providing greatly needed support and professional services.
UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds, member of the Government National Task Force said, “What we will need from UCA members is people to welcome our incoming traumatised, resilient and hopeful friends into their lives as friends and into their communities. This must be a long run and genuine welcoming to really integrate people into Australian life.”
Facts from about Syrian refugees living in Australia and on their way;
You can help by supporting the Syrian Appeal
“As we observe from a distance, we must remember that God values every human life. We mourn every life lost and pray for those who are suffering.
“Along with your prayers I ask that you do what you can to support. As Australians we are blessed to live in a prosperous country relatively free of armed conflict.
“If you are able, please share of God’s abundance by giving generously to the Uniting Church Syrian Refugee Appeal.” Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan.
In addition to supporting activities within the UCA community that offer welcome and integration, donations will also support the Uniting Church’s community service agencies (UnitingCare) as they provide support beyond those that are funded by the government.
Please note: Donations to UCA Welcome & Integration activities are non- tax-deductible. Donations to UnitingCare services are tax-deductible.
Please donate here