Two years ago, in 2015, Europe found itself in the midst of a crisis as thousands of people fled from conflict and destruction to find safety. As a YWAM community we prayed and asked for opportunities to respond. Many heard the call to respond where the need was the greatest: at the coastlines where people were washed ashore in dinghies, in camps and emergency housing and in the communities that struggle to integrate those arriving from afar. It has been a time of great mobilization and we have seen many miracles in the way God has opened doors for people to serve and be served.
Yet, the work is not finished! To this day we have endless possibilities to turn this crisis into opportunities. While many refugees have settled in more permanent environments in Europe, many of them are still in great need of jobs, language learning, relationships and discipleship. Thousands are still stuck, waiting for paperwork and yearning for a home. The amount of people trying to reach Europe may have decreased, but people are still coming. The crisis has lost momentum, but the urgent need to reach out remains. Let us continue to pursue God's heart for the refugees, migrants and displaced people, actively committing to engage with them and seeking long-term transformation in the nations.