Did You Know that Refugees Do Not Like to Be Called Refugees

It reminds them of the horrible circumstances they left behind. They prefer words like newcomer or immigrant. That is just one of many interesting facts that our church has learned since our Breakthrough weekend (November 2015) when our church family came together to decide how to invest our time, our money and our hearts: We were going to adopt a refugee, no wait, an immigrant family!

Oh, but we had so much to learn…

We heard about our Canadian government-sponsored refugee programs, about churches privately sponsoring families, and of course, we learned of the desperate need of millions of refugees around the world from stories on the news, the internet, CBC radio, and many other sources.

But where does one start?

It always amazes me how connected the family of Christ is around the world. Once our Pastor Eric started to make inquiries within our church denomination, once the members of our newly formed “Welcoming committee” started to reach out to their work and community contacts and friends, and once our church’s enthusiasm started to grow by leaps and bounds, the answers came rolling in. Experienced organizations came alongside us with words of wisdom and encouragement, offers of help, in many forms, started to rain upon our little church, and within a few weeks, the way forward became clear. We learned that God uses His Church to implement His plans for this world. We learned that His plan for the displaced in our world is that we adopt them into our family, we clothe them, we house and feed them, we teach them our language and how to thrive in our world, and that we show them His love.

We can do that.

Newcomers to Canada are eager to learn about our culture, our way of life, and hope to share in the peace and generosity they have heard so much about while living in faraway lands. We hope you will join us on our journey to adopt a family of “newcomers” to our beach-side community of White Rock, British Columbia.

How can you help?

We need all the prayers we can get. When the time comes, we will need strong arms to lift the donated furniture into the house we will rent for our newcomer family. We can use your help to teach the young parents to speak English and an afternoon of your time as you show the new mom where to shop for food (and where to get the best prices). We may ask for a ride to the dentist or to the pharmacy. You might want to take the kids to the library for story time, or show the parents how to use the transit system.

There is so much to learn…for all of us.

Newcomers Welcoming Committee

Katrina Hansell

Employment, Fundraising

Rich Drinovz

Trauma & Crisis

Ellie Enns

Translation, Paperwork, Schooling

Rose Weber

Media

Gerry Tiede

Orientation, Schooling

Need to Fill

Recreation

Jeanie Tiede

Housing

Belinda Lockhart

Medical & Dental, Fundraising

Eric Hedberg

Congregational Education

Kristen Tiede

ESL

Joan Hendrickson

Furniture

Gaby Lowe

Finishing/Home Stocking

Jean Gillespie

Finishing/Home Stocking

Terry Pue

Housing

News and Updates

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The first asylum countries and the count of refugees as of August 2015 (Kullab, 2015)

The first asylum countries and the count of refugees as of August 2015 (Kullab, 2015)

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