THE REFUGEE CHALLENGE
Join Europe Alive on the Refugee Challenge from September 21 - October 1, 2017!
GREECE: Athens, Lesvos Island, Thessaloniki
It’s more than a vacation ~ it’s an adventure with purpose! Take time to learn, to serve, to cycle, to care. The experience will be impactful for you, and for people living in exile.
Ten days, three locales, multiple opportunities – you don’t want to miss this!
Why are we part of this event? Europe Alive is passionate about coming alongside people in crisis, meeting practical needs, and sharing hope in the process. We believe that this is truly faith in action – to show our love for God by loving people in tangible ways. People who fled their homelands due to war, political and religious persecution, people who have suffered tremendous challenges and tragedies, people who need our help. We focus on aiding people, giving them a hand up, helping them find dignity again, and, in that process, we have the opportunity to be an example of God’s love.
The Refugee Challenge is a fun and moving event brings together organizations, churches, and groups who have a desire to care for people living in exile. We are working with a number of global organizations and individuals who work daily on the “front line” of this crisis in Europe and the Middle East, building relationships, meeting needs, and sharing hope. The goal of this event is to provide education, awareness, assistance, and fund-raising for development projects that benefit refugees, and provide support for local churches assisting displaced people in Europe and the Middle East.
We are building two teams for the Refugee Challenge who will be not only participating in this incredible event, they will also be raising funds for Europe Alive's projects. This trip is fun, informative, educational, and an amazing adventure to learn, serve refugees and organizations working with them, as well as seeing beautiful Greece! Join our cycling team or our service team to tour and to serve! Cycling teams will enjoy courses in Greece through some amazing areas. Service teams will be working alongside organizations serving displaced people in Greece, seeing firsthand the challenges faced by refugees and the work being done to assist them into integrating into locate communities, and meeting needs along the way. Both teams will hear from many local organizations regarding current work, expanding horizons and perspectives about this global crisis, and … a little sightseeing along the way.
Our response as the church in Europe:
As Christians, we have a key role to play in the upcoming months and years, highlighting the ongoing plight of refugees and displaced people. We must affirm the case for a human response to the crisis, which recognizes that we are all made in God’s image, and that the human dignity of refugees is intimately connected to our own. A Christ-like response to the unfolding refugee crisis must begin with an acknowledgement that there is no outsider. Neither geography nor legal status can deny a person access to God’s family.
As we respond as a church we are determined and committed to the following:
1) Establish communities of faith, among the refugee and migrant population that are housed in:
a. Apartments, homes or similar.
b. Refugee camps
c. Relocation sites.
We realize this initiative will require trained leaders. Our hope is to bring leaders from our neighboring Arab countries that are implementing Community Church Planting (CCP). Our goal is $50,000 for two years.
As an expected outcome, we will:
a. Establish training centers in local churches using the CCP model of church planting.
b. Partner with local churches and denominations to help start CCP in their communities.
c. Train refugees for community church plants (CCP).
2) Establish Livelihood groups among the refugees.
Livelihood groups help transform people through social development, with a strategic response to spiritual and social needs. We identify and support refugee families through product development. Products are produced in the camps, in half way housing, local churches and workshops.
Livelihood groups are being established in Greece and Spain. Our hope is to help establish new groups in Germany and other countries as the Lord leads. Goal $50,000
These funds will support local churches that are responding to the refugee crisis by establishing livelihood groups in their communities. We want to partner in creating independence while returning dignity of the individual life in the community. We want to affirm and empower refugees as they use their gifts, skills and experiences to create products and provide services that will help develop a sustainable business for groups of people needing economic opportunities.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus(Galatians 3:28)
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)
Join the Europe Alive team and let’s do The Refugee Challenge together!
DATES: September 21 – October 1, 2017
LOCATION: Greece — Athens, Lesvos, and Thessaloniki
ITINERARY: Trip Schedule Details
COST: $1,595 USD Registration Fee (includes in-country transportation and event activities, hotels, daily breakfasts, and closing dinner – the only additional costs are your round-trip airfare to Greece, meals other than breakfast, and any miscellaneous extras)
REQUIRED REGISTRATION FORM: RC Registration and Waiver Forms
PAYMENT: $1,595 payable via the Europe Alive registration and donate button above.
For more details on the projects or the trip, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also invite you to review The Refugee Challenge website for a more detailed overview.