Refugees continue to land on the islands every day and they arrive with next to nothing. The islands used to be a passthrough area to the rest of Europe but more and more they are filling up. These people have no access to many of the things they need on a daily basis.
We work with our partners at refugee camps and community centers to meet the needs of those who come to them.
There are over 3.4 million refugees now living in Turkey, making Turkey the host country with the largest population of refugees in the world. Most of these people live outside camps in various cities and towns across the country.
We are partnering with a local church that is working to love and serve refugee families in their neighborhood.
Two years ago, war swept across North Iraq, ravaging villages. Some escaped to safe cities in Iraq, or to the mountains where they were rescued and placed in refugee camps.
Today ISIS is being pushed back, and families are starting to return home to their villages. The needs are great, - homes have been wrecked, farms are in ruin, and many families lack basic necessities like warm socks and shoes.
Our headquarters has been in Nashville since the beginning. Twenty-five years ago we began serving refugees as they arrived in Nashville.
We get the privilege of walking with them as they build new lives in our country. Sometimes that means a little help with the bills, sometimes it means a car seat, but it usually means a friendly face.