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Film Crew Reports From the Frontlines of a Syrian Refugee Camp: “Throughout the suffering, God remains present, and His presence brings hope.”

by Luke McKee

As the world considers how it will respond to the Syrian crisis, millions of men, women and children remain trapped in a state of chaos, struggling to survive in foreign countries having been forced from theirs.

The Trapped in Transition film team explored the lives of Syrian refugees and made friends along the way.
The Trapped in Transition film team explored the lives of Syrian refugees and made friends along the way.

While Canada plans to sponsor thousands of refugees in the coming months, the sad and heartbreaking reality is that represents less than one percent of the total number of people displaced by the Syrian conflict. Many conversations are focused on bringing refugees West, but what will be our response to be to those left behind?

The plight of these refugees is the focus of the short film, “Trapped in Transition,” commissioned by Partners International Canada (PI).

The film shares a beautiful story of partnership as local Lebanese leaders sacrificially serve on the front lines. Their work in the region is done with the larger vision of building the church in the Middle East.
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How Your Church can Sponsor Refugees

by Debra Fieguth

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Canadian churches are galvanizing to help bring Syrian refugees to Canada.

Since that day in early September when the image of a tiny boy’s body washed up on a Turkish shore began circulating in the media, thousands of compassionate Canadians have been wondering what they can do to rescue families fleeing conflict.

Refugee sponsorship is a serious undertaking with many challenges and demands, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.

Here are some points to consider for church groups thinking about sponsorship.

First, educate yourself about the crisis. The situation in Syria is complex and frightening. It has been going on for almost five years, since the Arab Spring of 2011, and has been compounded by the presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There are now some 4 million Syrians outside their own country, and another 8 million who are internally displaced. They are both Christians and Muslims. Half of them are children.
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