Cameron Klapwyk

Aug 22, 2018 by Cameron Klapwyk

Refugee Sponsors Needed

These refugees, from countries such as Syria, Ertirea, Congo, and Iraq, have been identified by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as being in need of resettlement and have been referred to the Canadian government. There is urgency to identify sponsors for these BVOR refugees because if not sponsored that space in Canada’s annual resettlement quota will be lost, and the number of refugees brought to safety around the world will drop.

May 14, 2018 by Cameron Klapwyk

Speaking Up: A Young Man’s Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

Looking back on it, Mitch de Lange attributes it to the Holy Spirit. It was the fall of 2016, and Mitch had just started his final year of high school. He was sitting in the pew at Barrie First CRC listening to a sermon when his mind wandered to a thought. “I’m doing nothing,” is the way Mitch describes this thought. “Everyone has an opportunity to speak in a church, but it’s not just going to be given to you. You have to stand up and take it.”

Mar 21, 2018 by Cameron Klapwyk

Faith and Settlement: Exploring Relationships between Faith-Based Groups and Settlement Agencies

Since 1979, World Renew’s Refugee Program has walked alongside many Canadian churches and community members as they have sponsored and resettled thousands of refugees to Canada. Refugee sponsorship is a significant undertaking and it requires support from many people and resources – it is a true community effort! Through this effort, many of the churches that have sponsored refugees with World Renew have also established relationships with government-funded settlement organizations.

Mar 21, 2018 by Cameron Klapwyk

Protecting Refugee Women and Girls

April 22, 2018 is Refugee Sunday in Canada. On this day we celebrate and reflect on the compassionate work of churches across Canada that have reached out in support of refugees in need of protection and have become neighbours to them. Your prayers and generous gifts on Refugee Sunday will enable World Renew’s Refugee Program to continue to assist churches as they respond to the many refugees in urgent need of protection.

Dec 19, 2017 by Cameron Klapwyk

The Word Became Flesh and Moved into the Neighbourhood

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” - John 1:14

Nov 21, 2017 by Cameron Klapwyk

Strength, Beauty, and Hope in a Time of War: A Syrian Family’s Journey to Drayton, Ontario

Amal and Mohammad, Loay’s parents, celebrated his birth in early 2013, when the war in Syria was growing more violent by the day. In this Syrian family’s hometown, bombings were becoming a regular occurrence and many families were forced to flee for their safety. Shortly after Loay’s birth, Amal and Mohammed took their firstborn son and fled the only home they had ever known. They hoped to come back someday. Loay’s name, meaning small but strong, was a symbol of their resilience and determination to carry on until their return to Syria. Resettlement to a third country such as Canada was an option that rarely crossed their minds.