Wondering how Canadian Baptists across the country have been involved with refugee sponsorship since 2015? Here are some updated stats, coming from the Canadian Baptists of Ontario & Quebec (CBOQ), as well as the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC). So much to celebrate!
Carol Gouveia shares: CBOQ churches have sponsored 17 blended visa-office referred (BVOR) cases – that’s 79 people. 9 families have arrived, and 7 families are still being awaited to arrive. CBOQ churches have submitted 14 private sponsorships (12 from one church!!) – that’s 32 people. Each year, Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) are allotted only so many sponsorship spaces. 1 space = 1 person. That creates a challenge. We sponsor as many as we are allowed each year. We submitted 6 applications in 2015. For 2016, we were allotted 6 spaces. We have already used 5 and we have applications pending for 10 more.
Please pray for these pending applications, as well as for good relationships between sponsors and their families; that they would settle well and that the light and love of Jesus would be very clear. Also pray for those families who are stalled waiting for travel, to arrive quickly.