The first meeting of the subcommittee looking for housing for our Syrian friends confirmed what we expected: finding both temporary and permanent housing for our group of seven would be a significant challenge.
As an expression of the mission and vision of our church Hope Without Borders is sponsoring twelve people from Syrian / Palestinian descent to Canada as they seek to escape the destructive civil war. Included in this group is a grandmother who is guardian of two of her grandchildren and her daughter with three children. The parents of the two children and the father of the three children either died or have gone missing. The grandmother, her daughter and five children very much want and need to stay together.
Temporary housing is required for the first month or two after arrival as we then search for more permanent housing. Calls and prayers for temporary housing for the group of seven went out.
A sponsorship group in Bowmanville approached Rehoboth CRC about the temporary use of the church’s home located next door to the church for when their sponsored group would arrive. Knowing that we were further along in the application process led me to ask Pastor John Wildeboer about the possibility of our using the home as temporary housing for our group of seven. John moved the request forward to the youth leaders, their Building and Grounds people and church leadership.
Our request was graciously accepted! This beautiful four bedroom home is available to us as temporary housing. Youth leaders Kim and Matt Zantingh were more than willing to move the youth activities into the church building on a temporary basis. The plight of those who suffer is close to their hearts. The Christlike spirit in which this has all happened has truly been amazing and very encouraging. Prayers have been answered through the wonderful extension of community from those in our sister church. Thanks be to God!
Stay tuned for further developments for our Syrian friends as we trust that God will continue to provide for present and future needs.
The Steering Committee has an immediate need for temporary (one month, possibly a few weeks longer) housing for a group of 7 individuals (two women and 5 children) as they are expected to arrive very soon! one month. If you know of any housing, please contact the office.
The Steering Committee is putting on a Safe Church Training session on June 9, 7:00-9:00 PM. The session will present an overview and expectations of Safe Church policy. The session is open to the whole congregation.
Finally, the Steering Committee has been able to secure some storage space at Knox Christian School and will schedule a three hour window on a Saturday in early June when people can drop off household goods that have been collected. We'll post a list of the required items in the near future.
Hope Fellowship Refugee Committee: Name & Logo
The committee is seeking submissions for a name and/or logo for its refugee sponsorship ministry. We envision that this ministry will go beyond the current initiative into the future. We think that having a name and logo should eflect that vision. It could be used for a website, Facebook page and both internal and external communications. The name and logo should be designed with a view to respect the dignity and welcoming of refugees. Our preference is that it does not have the word “refugee” in the logo or name as once they arrive, they are no longer refugees.
We invite you :
Submissionshould be made to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org,
In addition, there is ongoing work being done to construct a number of sub-committees in order to carry out the myriad of tasks that need to be accomplished before and after the refugee family members arrive. If you have been contacted, please prayerfully consider taking up the tasks to which you have been invited. If you have not been contacted but would like to volunteer your time and energy, please contact the Steering Committee at: email@example.com
We also solicit ongoing prayers from all for the expeditious completion of the application and clearing processes.
Our first meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and it was exciting.
It's not too late to get involved. If you would like to be part of the process, please fill out this survey:
Here is a report from the meeting:
Here is a report from the meeting:
Refugee Sponsorship Update
Fabulous!, Beyond Expectation! - those words describe the spirit and enthusiasm of the approximately seventy five members of Hope Fellowship who, along with guests from some local churches and community groups, attended the Refugee Sponsorship Information Meeting Dec 1. A few highlights:
Please feel free to contact the church office for more information
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