Refugee Sponsorship

May 30, 2019

World Refugee Day 2019

Our churches and faith are stronger because of it. By marking World Refugee Day this June, you can play an active role in continuing this commitment to welcome the stranger and bear witness to hope. The Office of Social Justice, the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, and World Renew invite you and your congregation to recognize World Refugee Day throughout the month of June by celebrating the contributions of refugees to your community and remembering the plight of refugees around the world in prayer and calls to action.

Mar 20, 2019 by Ruth Alkema

Finding Safety: A Family's Search for a Home

As refugees from Syria, they have experienced the horrors of war and the uncertainty of living without a home. Their safety has been a never-ending concern. It took time, but the Kahya family can now say with confidence that they feel very safe in their adopted country of Canada. The path to living in Canada was a difficult one for Najib and Nurhan who, with their two small daughters had made their way first through Libya to seek temporary refuge in Turkey.

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.

Jun 20, 2018 by Chris Meehan

Sharing God's Love with Refugees

Ruth and Pat Lee invited members of Kanata Community Christian Reformed Church in Ottawa, Ont., to their home on two Sunday evenings in Nov. 2015 to eat dinner and discuss the plight of refugees fleeing the civil war raging across Syria.

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.”

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.

Jan 26, 2017 by Danielle Rowaan

Welcoming the World to Our Churches

“We started our sponsorship with the boat people from Vietnam in 1979. Over the next years more people arrived from that area, then Eastern European, and South American. Right now we have a Karen family of five from Burma and are in the process of sponsoring another family group from Africa,” said Angela. Back in 1979, Cliff and Angela were chosen by their church to be the point of contact for the first Vietnamese refugee family the church sponsored through World Renew. They soon realized, however, that this work needed to be shared by a larger group.

Mar 28, 2016 by Adele Konyndyk

Caring for God’s image bearers through refugee sponsorship

But if you ask Alice Van Stempvoort and others involved in sponsoring refugees as they come to Canada, the word that comes to mind may simply be “friend.” “I value the friendships that the refugee families sponsored through my church have offered to me and have been blessed by them,” said Van Stempvoort, who is member of Grace CRC in Chatham, Ontario. 

Sep 8, 2015 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Journey With Refugees

Unfortunately, this is not a new crisis. The situation in Syria is now entering its fifth year. For more than 1,800 days, these families have lived through horror. They have faced bombings, gunshots, kidnappings, looting, and other atrocities. Those that have fled as refugees have also suffered along the way and are struggling now to survive in refugee camps and over-burdened host countries.