Since 1946, Church World Service (CWS), a relief agency of 37 denominations which the Christian Church (Disciples) is an integral part of through our Week of Compassion, has settled more than 800,000 people. These people are escaping war, civil unrest, oppression and statelessness. Today there are more refugees in the world than at any time since World War II.
The threat of violence forces parents to send their children away, unaccompanied, in Central and Latin America because for them, sending their children away alone or in the care of strangers is a safer option than staying put. Week of Compassion helps us to be there for them.
Fighting rages in Syria, with families fleeing for safety. Sectarian violence has forced men, women and children from their homes in the Central African Republic on a scale that has not been seen in decades.
The offering we make to Week of Compassion is steeped in more than just decades of tradition. It is rooted in Christ's call to welcome the stranger. The Week of Compassion offering connects our church's resources to others to provide help beyond just emergency food, water and shelter.
We will make our Week of Compassion Offering February 21-28th.