In the 1940s, the Church designated the "Wartime Service Fund" to respond to the widespread humanitarian crisis precipitated by World War II. Out of that initial response, and the relationships established with partners through that work, Week of Compassion was eventually born as an ongoing ministry to meet the needs of refugee and displaced people around the world.
Now, more than 70 years later, there are more refugee and displaced persons in the world than at any other time in our history. This crisis is growing daily, and the channels of support are increasingly complex. That means the response of the faith community is more important than ever.