HomeNewsWorldFaith is Important to...

Faith is Important to Refugees–Tearfund Research

Recent research showed that faith is a significant source of comfort for refugees, a press release of Tearfund stated.

The Institute of Global Health and Development (IGHD) at Queen Margaret University (QMU) and international development agency Tearfund conducted the research which will help humanitarian agencies identify areas on how to help displaced people effectively.

“If it is just verbal and daily arguments it is fine, but if it is serious and my family can’t solve it then we go to the religious people.”

The group, led by Dr Alison Strang and Oonagh O’Brien, studied the Yazidi people who left war-torn Iraq to escape the ISIS.

Using an innovative social mapping tool developed at IGHD, the study revealed that the Yazidi people are more comfortable seeking help from family, friends, neighbors and religious leaders to resolve personal problems. They are unlikely to ask agencies to help with their family problem as this would bring shame to one’s family.

One Yazidi woman, who is now living in a community in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, said she turns to a faith leader in times of a major crisis, Christian Today reports.

“If it is just verbal and daily arguments it is fine, but if it is serious and my family can’t solve it then we go to the religious people… If my husband wanted to divorce because he wanted another wife, I would go to Baba Sheikh [Yazidi spiritual leader] and ask for help.”

Maggie Sandilands of Tearfund said, “This research highlights the importance of faith as a key source of support and personal resilience, for people affected by conflict and displacement.”

Sandilands explained that the results of the research will allow them to better understand the culture and social norms of communities affected by the war. Humanitarian aid will be more suitable and useful to the people receiving it.

The findings of the research are shared with other organizations and policy makers to help them develop programs that are more appropriate in solving the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and other countries.

Oonagh O’Brien said, “The participatory approach used to gather this information can ensure that the voice of displaced people is listened to in the design of appropriate services from the humanitarian sector.”

Sources:
Tearfundorg. (2017). Tearfund. http://www.tearfund.org/en/media/press_releases/innovative_social_mapping_tool_shows_the_importance_of_faith_for_displaced_people_in_times_of_crisis/

Christiantodaycom. (2017). Christiantodaycom. https://www.christiantoday.com/article/tearfunds.research.into.the.faith.of.refugees.is.showing.how.religion.is.part.of.the.solution.not.just.part.of.the.problem/111058.htm

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Most Popular

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be the first to.know what's happening in the Christian community

More from Author

Indonesia Boosts Digital Evangelism

Hundreds of communication leaders in Indonesia gathered in Bali to reinforce digital evangelism in the country.

Gospel Reaches 100 Million People Thru Billy Graham Online Ministry

Over 100 million people worldwide have encountered the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) internet evangelism ministry called Search for Jesus.

5 Organizations in FL Honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces

Five organizations in Florida were named as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the first half of 2022.

Christians Denounce Greene’s Call for Christian Nationalism

Thousands of Christians in the US signed a petition denouncing a lawmaker's call for Christian nationalism.

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Indonesia Boosts Digital Evangelism

Hundreds of communication leaders in Indonesia gathered in Bali to reinforce digital evangelism in the country.

Gospel Reaches 100 Million People Thru Billy Graham Online Ministry

Over 100 million people worldwide have encountered the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) internet evangelism ministry called Search for Jesus.

5 Organizations in FL Honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces

Five organizations in Florida were named as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the first half of 2022.

‘Lifemark,’ the Kendricks’ latest movie, perfectly captures the emotions of adoption 

Editor’s note: This monthly series, “5 Family-Friendly Things,” spotlights five family-friendly entertainment choices on film, DVDs, streaming or television. Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick are known for movies that convict your heart, tug at your emotions and point you toward a major biblical truth. Courageous (2011) urged fathers to...

Christians Denounce Greene’s Call for Christian Nationalism

Thousands of Christians in the US signed a petition denouncing a lawmaker's call for Christian nationalism.

Want to Live Longer?

A study reported by The Washington Post notes people with the highest level of optimism live between 11 and 15 percent longer than those with a less optimistic perspective.

Christian Groups Condemn Same-Sex Marriage Bill

More than 80 Christian groups in the US condemned the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In a letter signed by 83 faith-based groups, it called the Senate to oppose the said bill which they claim is an attack on people of faith.

Ukrainian Kids Attend Bible Camps in Hungary

Ukrainian refugee children have enjoyed Bible camp despite being away from their homeland.

Bible Distribution Grew Despite Pandemic

The United Bible Societies (UBS) announced that around 32.6 million copies of the Bible were distributed in 2021, a 5.5% increase compared to the previous year.

Over 3,000 People Accept Jesus at UK Christian Festival

Festival Manchester, the largest Christian mission in the North West of England, attracted 65,000 people, with more that 3,000 Brits responding to the call of Christ.

8,000 Attend Let Us Worship Event in South Africa

More than 8,000 participants gathered in South Africa on July 9 for the celebration of the second anniversary of the Let Us Worship movement.

Evangelist Torben Søndergaard Detained and Accused of Gun Smuggling

Danish evangelist Torben Søndergaard was arrested and detained on July 4 by Homeland Security for suspicion of "smuggling weapons from Mexico to America."