WRF Member Leonardo de Chiurico Describes Refugee Crisis in Italy

March 31, 2011

The item below comes from WRF member Leonardo de Chirico who lives and ministers in Rome, Italy.  Leonardo's e-mail address is  leonardo.dechirico@ifeditalia.org

 Refugee emergency in Italy: an urgent appeal  
As we all know, the situation in most North African countries is in  turmoil. As a side-effect migrations towards European coasts has been on the increase over the last few weeks, especially affecting Italy. 

On the island of Lampedusa thousands of refugees are uncertain of their future. Other refugee emergency centres have been opened in other parts of Sicily and the rest of Italy.   It is estimated that more than 50.000 migrants will come to the shores of Italy. What a challenge and what an opportunity!

Lots of Italian evangelical churches and mission agencies are  responding to this crisis. The Italian Evangelical Alliance has encouraged a joint-effort to provide humanitarian aid and cultural inter-mediation, in the hope that God will open further Gospel opportunities. 
We are ready to launch two projects: one in Lampedusa island and the other in Mineo (Sicily) where another huge refugee camp is located. We are preparing to go there with teams of volunteers to work alongside local authorities to facilitate the relationship between the refugees, community, and the local people, to distribute various aids (including Bibles and Gospel literature), to witness to the refugees the love of Jesus Christ in appropriate ways. 

We ask for the prayers and cooperation of the International Evangelical community to help us to respond to the challenge. 

Please, pray for God to show his glory and mercy in these times of crises. 

Pray for the thousands of young people who dream and hope a better future: that they will find it in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Pray for peace, freedom and new opportunities in North Africa .

Pray for the church in these countries.

Pray for us as we seek to demonstrate God's love and compassion. 

Please, give to this cause so that we will gather sufficient resources to implement these projects. Money will be spent to rent suitable places to run the activities, to buy goods that are needed, to provide food and lodging for the volunteers that will be involved. You can send your gift to: 

Alleanza Evangelica Italiana 
vicolo S. Agata 20 
00153 Roma 
IBAN IT 64 N 07601 03200 000046728002 

Regular reports will update about the developments of the work. 
Please, work with us if you, your church, your organization, your  friends think that you might help in any way. We look forward to working  together to serve God and our neighbors. 

Rome, 28th March 2011 
Alleanza Evangelica Italiana (ufficio.stampa@alleanzaevangelica.org 
Tel. 0039 333 8558174) 
In co-operation with GiM-Italia (gim@gim-italia.com Tel 095 648136 - 388 185362) 
MEtA (info@metaitalia.org Tel 339 1835336) 
Coevema ( info@coevema.org
Alleanza Evangelica Italiana 
Vicolo S. Agata 20 
00153 Roma  Italia