Even thirty years after the political changes in Eastern Europe, the effects of atheistic communism are still evident. The population and the Church are affected by economic hardships in many places. Many local churches are still dependent on aid from abroad to maintain pastoral care. In addition, many local churches still have to bear the burdens of their expropriation. To this day, local churches in Eastern Europe are still fighting for the restitution of property taken from them as a result of expropriation during the communist era.
» There is still much work to be done – spiritually as well as materially. «
ACN has been supporting the Church of Eastern Europe in its spiritual and material reconstruction work for many years with numerous aid projects. In Western Europe, on the other hand, the problem of refugees continues to pose a great challenge to the Church – ACN’s main focus here is on pastoral care for Christian refugees.
Most of the refugees who have found asylum in Western European countries have experienced persecution, violence and discrimination. A roof over the head and material support often are not enough to restore their courage and confidence – many long for a new spiritual home as well. ACN has therefore intensified its support for the pastoral care of Christian refugees. We support the Church in its pastoral work so that refugees feel at home in their new homelands, and also when it comes to faith, which is so important for their identity.