If you've turned on the news at all lately, it has been an overwhelming couple of weeks in the world. We're hearing about hostage takings, acts of terrorism and incredible numbers of people who are displaced by war across the globe. If you're like me, there are days where I just can't watch anymore without having some sort of avenue to institute change. 

As we've experienced in the past few days, the cold of winter can be incredibly challenging, even in a developed country where we have heat and insulation, access to good nutrition and money for the necessities of life.  In the past few weeks, there has been an incredible amount of snow and freezing rain that has moved through Lebanon and Jordan, piling trouble and difficulty on nearly 60 thousand families living in makeshift shelters without heat or proper sanitation. While parents try to provide for their children, many of them are unable to find work or aid simply because the sheer number of refugees drawing on agencies in the area is growing so exponentially. 

This month at Connect Church, we are partnering with World Relief.ca.  World Relief has partner organizations on the ground, providing aid in the form of tarps, blankets, food and water to the families in several areas surrounding Syria, where people have been displaced by the ongoing war in Syria. Families often arrive with just the clothing they wore when they fled, inadequate for the winter weather, and with little to no money to their name. 

If you would like to read more about the ongoing situation in Syria and surrounding countries, particularly about the needs of the nearly 2 million displaced persons, many of whom are children, then follow this link and learn more about the work that World Relief and many other agencies are doing to alleviate the suffering of those who've already suffered so much. 

As always, if you designate World Relief on your offering envelope at Connect Church, 100% of your offering will go directly to the work that is being done in Syria by this organization. Please give generously.