Sponsoring a Syrian Refugee Family
When I moved to Canada, I got really involved with a great church family. I've only been here for a few months, but I've already joined the volunteer team, met lots of people with incredible stories, and I've been able to be a part of something huge: changing the lives of an entire family.
A little backstory
My boyfriend's family is close friends with a couple from Holland. The father of this Christian family is originally from Syria, but had the good fortune of leaving for the Netherlands many years ago, and recently immigrated to Canada. Sadly, he had to leave his loved ones behind in Syria all those years ago, until now...
While our friend from Holland was making plans to move to Canada, his mother, brother, and his brother’s wife and two young children (ages 8 and 11) remained in Syria. By 2012, the situation had escalated and the remaining five family members realized they were no longer safe in their war-torn home country.
In his own words:
Jay made this video! 😊
Over the course of three years, the family survived numerous close-calls having been threatened at gunpoint, receiving accusations from the opposing militia, being detained and beaten, targeted by snipers and watching their friends killed in front of their very eyes. Eventually, they secluded themselves in their home in fear until they were able to flee the country.
They now wait in hiding, confined to a two-block radius, hopeful of being granted refugee status to Canada where they can finally be reunited with the rest of their family.
How our church is helping
Our church has become a sponsoring group to give the family a fresh start in Canada. This process can take more than a year and we have been waiting hopefully and prayerfully since September of last year.
The family has recently been contacted by the Canadian government to get their medical exams, which is fantastic news! However, this also means that their arrival here in Canada could be much sooner than expected.
While we wait to hear from the government about their refugee status, we are working to raise the necessary funds for the family’s settlement. As a sponsoring group, we are responsible for supporting the family through their first year of residency in Canada or until they become employed.
How you can help
If you are able to help, your donation would be greatly appreciated.
If you can't afford to donate, a prayer or a simple share of our GoFundMe page would help, too!
I don't normally ask for donations or anything, but I'm really passionate about this, and I am looking forward to the looks on all their faces when we meet them at the Canadian airport. I'm looking forward to knowing that they are sleeping in a safe place, they won't have to be scared walking the streets, their children can go to school, and they can actually live their lives again in peace.
If you're interested, the donation page with more information is here.