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CWS issues 2018 refugee challenge

Christian World Service has launched Operation Refugee 2018, a five-day challenge to live on the rations that Syrian refugees receive in emergency food parcels. 

Christian World Service/ Taonga News  |  26 Apr 2018  |

CWS has announced their Operation Refugee rations challenge for 2018 will run from June 16-20, alongside Operation Refugee Lite, a two-day version designed for school students.

Once an Operation Refugee challenger raises $87 - which is 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.  Challengers supply their own rice and earn fresh vegetables and other ingredients by meeting fundraising goals.

Through this challenge CWS is fundraising for the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, which the New Zealand churches have worked with through CWS since 1949. Working with 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. 

Anglican parishes and ministry communities are encouraged to support Syrian refugees with prayers and offerings on Refugee Sunday, which is marked in the 2018 Anglican calendar for Sunday July 1.  Christian World Service will provide Refugee Sunday worship resources due to be out by mid-May 2018.

For more information go to: or contact David Lawson or 021 671 430.