In the aftermath of natural disasters, wars, famines, and other crisis situations, NCM partners with local churches as they work to assist people in meeting short-term and long-term needs—both physical and spiritual—in the face of natural disasters and other emergency situations. NCM is committed to a holistic approach to emergency relief that includes meeting immediate needs and then walking alongside them on a path toward long-term recovery and stability.
We are especially committed to working with churches to care for the most vulnerable individuals and families in their communities. The focus is on communities where the Church of the Nazarene has a presence, but assistance is not limited to Nazarenes or to Christians only.
Each emergency relief effort is organized locally with the support of the global church through prayer, giving, and technical support. The local church often partners with other organizations and local government agencies in order to best meet needs as well.
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REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT SUPPORT
Around the world, 50 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of war, violence, persecution, or disasters. Half of them are children. Many are internally displaced within their home country; others—16.7 million people—have been forced to move across borders in search of safety and security. Half of the world’s refugees are children, and many flee their homes alone or in groups, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of violence. Tens of millions more are migrants who leave their homes because of hunger, violence, and poverty.
As the church, we are called to care for the vulnerable and welcome the “stranger” (Matthew 25:35-40). NCM partners with local churches around the world to support refugees and immigrants through education for children, assistance for persecuted Christians, emergency relief for families in crisis, and support for families who have been resettled. In the United States, NCM also works with compassionate ministry centers that are providing legal assistance for people seeking a path to citizenship.