Two hundred Christian leaders from 43 countries representing over 100 agencies met in Izmir, Turkey, in November to focus on the needs of the world's 50 million refugees. Believing churches are "uniquely positioned" to minister effectively to refugees, the World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission convened the global consultation to explore how to best help.
"It is a staggering and incomprehensible reality that persecution, war, famine, or a deep sense of hopelessness has displaced tens of millions of people in our world today. Refugees find themselves either running from oppression and despair or running to the hope of a new life," the WEF reported in a press release. "It is another blatant sign that humanity needs a Savior," said Bill Taylor, director of the WEF Missions Commission.