A girl gets help from her mother adjusting her hijab in a settlement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

June 20 is World Refugee Day—a time to remember refugees, honour their strength, and celebrate the work that helps refugees find new homes and settle peacefully.

Welcoming refugees to Canada has been a faithful response of the church for decades.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sponsorship Agreement existing between the Canadian government and churches and other private groups. This uniquely Canadian approach has governed the sponsorship of 327,000 refugees.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada signed its first agreement with the Government of Canada on March 9, 1979. Since then, as a response to Christ’s call to serve and defend the vulnerable and persecuted, Presbyterian congregations, presbyteries and groups have sponsored refugees from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

In the last six years, with accompaniment and support from PWS&D’s refugee program staff, Presbyterians welcomed 643 refugees to Canada. Last year alone, a total of 61 sponsored people settled in Canada.

There are currently 68 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world. Through the faithful and enthusiastic support of sponsoring groups, homes are opened to bring peace to uprooted families.

Pray for the continued success of the life-giving work that welcomes refugees to Canada.

To support PWS&D’s refugee sponsorship work, make a gift to the van Mossel Refugee Support Fund.


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