As we talk about the importance of the local church in the darkest and most broken places in the world, we know how here in Canada, the local church plays just as big of a role when it comes to caring for the orphan, widow and stranger in our midst, like the modern-day refugee. The Government of Canada’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees is intended to provide rapid protection for vulnerable Syrian refugees while continuing to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and CBM along with its denominational partners in Western, Atlantic and Central Canada are all deeply invested in privately sponsoring and caring for refugees who arrive in Canada.
Successful sponsoring churches are often only given few days’ notice before a refugee or refugee family actually arrive, welcoming people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Central African Republic, and elsewhere. Canadian Baptist churches in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario are just a few that have recently made national news headlines with arriving families in the past few months. Finding a home, furnishings, clothing, a stocked refrigerator, toys – these are just some of the things that entire communities have been banding together to provide through donations. This is all part of a national Baptist movement to welcome 100 refugee families to Canada over the next year.
If you or your church are interested in becoming sponsors, here is where you can start.