Do Something / Iraq and Syria Appeal

Support your church family in the Middle East

The refugee crisis is all over the news. Millions are fleeing Iraq and Syria. But millions also remain, stuck with no hope of returning home, or moving on. Many are Christians, victims of hatred and persecution.

Every day, through a network of churches and partners, Open Doors is supporting 19,000 families who have fled their homes in Iraq and Syria. Now 10,000 families in Iraq depend on Open Doors for food. Our emergency supplies have become a symbol of God’s hope. Have a look at the video on this page to see how your gifts and prayers are making a difference…

Please look through the actions below and do what you can…

1. Watch and share

Check out the video below to understand more and share it with your mates online.

2. Pray

Pray for protection, provision and comfort for millions of displaced families.
Ask that God would continue to work through, and give strength to, local partners and church leaders.
Ask for wisdom for the leaders of Iraq and other nations as they face this crisis.

3. Give

Text ODYG15 £4 to 70070 to give £4 to our emergency fund. Just £4 can provide one person with a week of essential supplies. To give more just enter a different amount in the text (e.g. text ODYG15 £10 to give £10), or visit the link below to make a donation online (if giving online add the amount to the ‘Relief packs’ section).

4. Grab a shirt

Buy one of our #wearen shirts for just £15 to wear out the message and stand with your church family in the middle east. All profits go to our emergency Iraq and Syria fund, with the shirt being a great way to start conversations about the problems facing your church family in Iraq and Syria.

5. Take this to your church

Speak to your church leader and take over 5-10 minutes of a church or youth service to talk about, pray for, and act on behalf of Christians in Iraq and Syria. Talk through the PowerPoint below, show the movie above and get your church, youth group or CU to act with you!

Download PowerPoint…
Download PowerPoint notes (to help you talk through the presentation)…
Download poster for church/school/CU noticeboard…
Link to video on YouTube…

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