“Get the cake!” is the text we send when our family members get refugee protection at their hearings.
It means one of us runs to the grocery store to pick up a celebration cake so it’s waiting at inasmuch when they return home from their hearing.
And we got to send that text twice in the past week!
You may recall that back in June we asked for prayer for the two couples at inasmuch. Their scheduled hearings were both postponed leaving them with tremendous stress and fear levels.
But the Lord answered those prayers in wonderful ways this past week.
Last Monday, the young Kurdish/Iranian couple faced very thorough questioning from the Member of the Refugee Protection Division over two separate days. Peter was in the hearings as an observer, and during the intense questioning, the young Iranian woman turned to Peter and whispered: “please pray.” And pray we all did.
Following their lawyer’s wonderful hour-long case summary of their case and a 2 ½ hour recess the Member returned with her decision. The wait was tough, but the decision was great! She deemed them to be convention refugees and allowed them to stay in Canada with full refugee protection. Such tears of relief!
Dawn-Lynn was the first person they wanted to call as we left the hearing room and the celebrations began.
The hearing last Thursday for the 64-year-old Kurdish couple was much shorter.
The Member questioned the husband for an hour about the reasons they had to flee and then turned to his wife and asked her what she thought.
She immediately broke into tears explaining how they had left behind children, grandchildren, their home and everything familiar to run to Canada in fear for their lives. The Member asked for a short recess and returned with a positive decision.
Again Dawn-Lynn was the first person they wanted to call when they left the hearing room. The celebrations began again.
Two cakes in one week. What an answer to prayer and what an immense relief for the two couples!
So what’s next as they begin to integrate further in Canada? Both couples now have their work permits and the older Kurdish man has already started work in the shipping department at a local Abbotsford company. They all continue English classes with our Dr. Angela, with resume and cover letter creation at the top of their lists.