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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.
For millions of people, 2017 was like living through a nightmare. Bombed out homes in war-ravaged Syria; east African communities crippled by malnutrition; homes left in ruin after an earthquake in Mexico; parents weeping over their lost sons and daughters in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
“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
On November 28, World Renew celebrated Giving Tuesday and asked you to help families forced to flee their homes because of conflict. In the Middle East, over eleven million Syrians have been displaced from their communities because of civil war that has raged for over six years. In Myanmar, a recent outbreak of violence against the Rohingya people has forced over 625,000 people to flee into Bangladesh since the end of August.
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.