Refugee Compassion is a ministry of Aylesbury Vineyard, led by Rich and Becky Snaith. Teams from the Church journey to France to take food and other emergency supplies for refugees. For more information about Refugee Compassion, see the What’s On section of the website and visit refugeecompassion.org.uk

Donations are collected from members of Aylesbury Vineyard and other local churches and organisations, and supplies are purchased using money from fundraising events. Supplies are delivered to the Help Refugees distribution centre. The food is donated to Calais Kitchens, an organisation that feeds thousands of refugees and supplies a network of volunteer-run kitchens in the refugee camps in northern France.

While in France, the teams spend time volunteering at the distribution centre, providing much needed assistance to sort donations and they also have an opportunity to meet with refugees.

Aylesbury Vineyard Refugee Compassion is apolitical except insofar as it embraces the politics of Jesus. Its vision is simply to offer non-judgemental love and care to those who are in need, irrespective of how that came about — helping to fulfil what Jesus said, about the day people will meet him in his second coming:

‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
— Matthew 25 (NIV)

More information can be found on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/refugeecompassion