Christian World Service has launched Operation Refugee 2018, a five day challenge to live on the same food as in a refugee emergency food parcel.
This year’s challenge runs from June 16-20. Operation Refugee Lite is a two day version designed for students.
Once a participant raises $87 - enough to pay for a good quality food parcel in Jordan for a family of six - CWS will send a Food Box containing lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, fish (which can be traded if participants are vegan or vegetarian), flour, vegetable oil and salt. Participants supply their own rice and earn fresh vegetables and other ingredients by meeting fundraising goals.
CWS is fundraising for the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with whom it has worked since 1949. Part of the Middle East Council of Churches, DSPR has been providing emergency food and clothing, education, medical care and education to refugees from Syria since the conflict began seven years ago.
Parishes are encouraged to support Syrian refugees on Refugee Sunday, 26 June in the Methodist and Presbyterian calendar and July 1 in the Anglican tradition. Worship resources will be available mid-May.