Sponsor Refugees in Canada

Refugees are our neighbors. When we think of refugees we often hear of the Biblical call to ‘welcome the stranger.’ And welcoming the stranger is a good first step. But there is much more that can be done.

WHO IS A REFUGEE?

The ideal solution for most refugees is repatriation--the resettling of refugees back to their country of origin.

For those who cannot return home, a second solution is for the refugee to create a new life in their country of asylum. However, if neither of these solutions is possible, refugees may be resettled to a third country, like Canada, the U.S, or many others. 

Refugee resettlement is the third and final possible solution available to refugees. This often comes as a surprise to  many North Americans,  A mere 1% will be welcomed into a new country. Limited numbers of countries willing to resettle refugees and limited number of resettlement spaces per country are the main reasons so few refugees are resettled. Those that are, face difficulty in adjusting to a new culture and often find their education and work experience less valued in their new land.

Canada is unique among nations that welcome refugees. That’s because it is the only country that allows sponsorship of refugees by private organizations. World Renew is one of the Canadian agencies that has been granted a sponsorship agreement by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

World Renew’s sponsorship agreement allows CRC congregations in Canada to sponsor refugees.

A refugee is:

“a person who, because of well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable or afraid to ask for protection in that country, or not having a country of nationality, is outside the country where he/she usually lived, and is unable or afraid to return to that country.” (United Nations Convention, 1951.)

We would to like encourage more Christian Reformed congregations to sponsor refugees.  There are several opportunities for refugee sponsorship that World Renew is not able to access due to the lack of sufficient numbers of churches engaged in sponsorship. .  Won’t you consider sponsoring a refugee?

Remember- a person isn’t a refugee by choice.  A person is a refugee by the discriminating choices of others.

SPONSOR A REFUGEE

CANADIANS

If your diaconate would like to consider sponsoring a refugee family or individual, please call us! We will provide you with resources, administrative help, and encouragement if you decide to make this a ministry for this year. World Renew's Refugee Resettlement Handbook (see resource below) contain a wealth of information about refugee sponsorship and details about how your church can become involved. If you would like us to mail you a copy please contact us. 

Rebecca Walker, Refugee Coordinator
World Renew
3475 Mainway
Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Y8
Toll Free: 1-800-730-3490
Fax: 905-336-8344

Looking to sponsor a refugee in the US? Visit Bethany Christian Services. More information also available on the website of the CRCNA Office of Social Justice.

HOLD A REFUGEE SUNDAY

Refugee Sunday PowerPoint - with music | without music
Refugee Sunday PowerPoint - Offering Slide
Litany: Welcoming the Refugee PDF | Powerpoint

MEMBERSHIPS & NETWORK

World Renew's Refugee Office is actively engaged with several stakeholders involved in working with refugees. We have an official partnership with Diaconal Ministries Canada for refugee sponsorship, and we are also represented by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada through the Middle East Refugee Resettlement Initiative.

In addition to ongoing liaison and networking with other SAHs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and the UNHCR, the World Renew refugee office is a member of: