Posts tagged with ‘refugee sponsorship’

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The Clothes of a Champion

by Stephanie Chunoo

Are you changing your wardrobe, as the weather gets cooler each day? Swing open the closet doors—and champion for a more sustainable, compassionate and just world! Put On Your Thinking Cap Many ministries continue offering their services online, and are looking for creative prayers, poems or songs to complement the weekly message. How about writing […]

Sponsorship Corner: It was easy to get involved!

by Stephanie Chunoo

In 2019, a lovely refugee family from Syria moved in next door to me. They had six children, spoke no English and were in awe of the wonderful life we have here in Canada. Everything was new for them. They were excited, timid, joyous and apprehensive. I had so much to learn about their culture. […]

Syrian Refugees Experience Safety and Friendship in Canada

by Karen Bokma

During coffee hour at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ontario, church members and guests are greeted by a team of volunteers. Behind the coffee carafes are long-time members, as well as a Muslim mother and daughter from war-torn Syria. They are giving back to thank St. Andrew’s for providing a safe and accepting place […]

World Refugee Day: Celebrating 40 Years of Refugee Sponsorship

by Anna Muir

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 […]

PWSDevelopments 2016, Issue 2: Finding Home

by Anna Muir

Last year, the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose significantly. More and more stories surfaced in the media, and the world awoke to the plight of refugees searching for home. In this issue of PWSDevelopments, learn more about PWS&D’s refugee ministry and the ways overseas support is helping families uprooted from Syria, […]

Presbyterian Sponsored Syrian Refugees Begin to Arrive in Canada

by Karen Bokma

Presbyterian World Service & Development is pleased to have been informed that the first two Syrian families sponsored by Presbyterian groups will arrive on the evening of December 10th, 2015—International Human Rights Day. PWS&D administers the office sponsorship agreement with the Government of Canada on behalf of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Both families are […]

Saturday, June 20 is World Refugee Day

by Anna Muir

Everyone deserves to be safe. Everyone deserves to be protected. Yet, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that there are over 50 million refugees and displaced people in our global village who have been uprooted from their homes because of poverty, violence or a fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality […]

Alberta Congregation Welcomes Refugee Family to Canada

by Karen Bokma

There are growing concerns about the rising number of refugees worldwide. The number of people forced to flee around the world has exceeded 50 million. Half of all refugees and displaced people are children. Many of them live in crowded camps, waiting for peace and an opportunity to return home. They have to move if […]