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Tuesday, June 20 is World Refugee Day

by Anna Muir

God’s promise of abundant life is found in a life of peace, free from fear and persecution. Yet, an unprecedented 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes because of war or a fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. There are now more […]

Monday, June 20 is World Refugee Day

by Anna Muir

Everyone deserves to be safe. Everyone deserves to be protected. Yet, an unprecedented 60 million people around the world have been forced from their homes because of poverty, violence or a fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group. The refugee ministry of […]

“You Have Wide Hands”

by Anna Muir

“We are living.” That is how Abdal describes his new life in Lebanon. Forced to flee his beloved homeland—war-ravaged Syria—Abdal, his wife Friyal and their three children have found safety. But their new neighbourhood does not feel like home. Around them are rows of makeshift corrugated metal shelters. Weary families flood in, plunking their belongings […]

“The vouchers help me survive”

by Anna Muir

“In Syria we were happy,” shares Fatima, smiling as she remembers her once peaceful homeland. “Oh yes, we were, and comfortable, too.” Brutal violence forced Fatima to flee Syria in 2013. She now lives with relatives in a rented room in Lebanon. Because of the war, her three brothers are missing. Though Fatima is now […]

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, […]

Remembering a Peaceful Syria

by Anna Muir

“Our home used to be paradise.” Nisreen, standing in the one-room apartment she shares with 10 other family members in Lebanon, laments her once peaceful, happy life in Syria. She and her husband Ahmad used to barbeque large dinners for family and friends. Their children would laugh and play in the garden courtyard. Getting enough […]

UPDATE: Respond to the Syria Crisis – Donations matched until February 29

by Karen Bokma

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2016 – Government of Canada announces deadline extension for matching program On September 12, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. For all eligible donations made until February 29, 2016, the Government of Canada will contribute a matching amount towards Canada’s “Syria Emergency Relief Fund.” For […]

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 […]

Update: Syria Emergency Relief Donations Matched Until February 29

by Karen Bokma

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2016 – Government of Canada announces deadline extension for matching program On September 12, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. For all eligible donations made until February 29, 2016, the Government of Canada will contribute a matching amount towards Canada’s “Syria Emergency Relief Fund.” For more […]