Refugee Sponsorship Committee
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. In most cases they cannot return home or are afraid to do so for fear of more aggravated assaults.
One of the pillars of Christianity is to reflect God’s love for us by loving and compassionately caring for other humans regardless of their race and nationality. Responding to the plight of refugees who have suffered persecution, violence and human rights abuses; and with no other durable solution is thus not only obeying God's commands but also, as Canadians, fulfilling our responsibility for the protection and resettlement of refugees. Canada has a strong commitment and long-standing support to the needs of refugees and displaced people.
Sponsorship is a one-year commitment to support refugees by providing all material, financial, emotional, spiritual and counselling services as they adjust to the Canadian life. As a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) our church is committed to resettling selected refugees by providing their families with housing, financial, settlement, spiritual and emotional/moral supports. While the legal sponsorship commitment is for a year, the relationships between the resettled refugee families and the church community are, in most cases, transforming and everlasting.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'
Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'