June 20th was World Refugee day. We heard again the desperate situation in many parts of the world with the UN estimating there are 65 million displaced people. The ministry to Refugee Claimants that reach Canada’s shores and inasmuch is a microcosm of the situation, and seems so inconsequential in comparison.
The world has passed through the door of inasmuch these past five years to experience the love of Christ, peace, and security to precious people who have lost family, country and a sense of home. The atmosphere in the house is one of laughter, joy and support for one another.
It is truly a family.
Transitions in our family
Victor (Nigeria) graduated last weekend from our family, received his work permit and has found a place to live in Surrey. He came to inasmuch seven months ago, a frightened 19-year old who was granted refugee protection in February and now has the confidence to begin a new life on his own. We are so proud of him. The last two days have been spent painting, cleaning, and preparing the room he vacated for new family member(s). Inland Refugee will be letting us know in the next few days who will be coming.
Araz & Bawan (Iraq)- This incredible young Kurdish couple arrived two months ago. Both their families have fled their homes because of fighting in their area of Northern Iraq. The fear in their eyes melts your heart, but they have found peace, security, and new family at inasmuch. They should have a decision on their refugee claim in the next couple of weeks. Please pray for them.
Josian (Burundi) – The twins, Nadine and Nabor are four months old now and are absolutely beautiful and healthy. Josian is a wonderful mother. Please pray that her husband and children will be able to join her here in Canada in the future as she has applied for Permanent Residence for herself and her family.
We have been joined by Richard and Angela, two wonderful people with a heart for refugees. They sold their home in Fort Langley and moved down the street from inasmuch to join us in the ministry.
Our last newsletter outlined Angela’s PhD qualifications in Sociolinguistics and she teaches ESL at inasmuch three days a week, as well as teaching weekly in the homes of three former inasmuch family members. Peter retires at the end of June, and he and Dawn-Lynn are going to take the month of August to travel the Maritime provinces of Canada, with Richard and Angela moving into inasmuch house to provide continuity.
Every week Araz & Bawan have to travel to Vancouver to report to Canadian Border Services. The past few weeks we have had a wonderful friend take them in for their appointment, and then bring them home. What a blessing.
CRA Charitable Status Application – We have had a response from CRA and will hopefully be able to proceed late summer. Northview Church continues receipt donations and do a wonderful job in dealing with our expense disbursements. We do not know how we could handle the finances without their assistance. Thanks to Kathy and Chrissy!
Web Site Development – Our goal is to have the new web site up and running in the next few weeks and we will let you know as soon as it is online.
Finances – Please consider partnering with us by donating on a monthly basis. We are very careful with expenditures, with monthly operating costs approximately $2,700. This includes rent, utilities, food for the family members and transportation to lawyer’s meetings and hearings. It has been tight with the new arrivals who have also needed clothing and other personal basics.
Donations can continue to be made through Northview Community Church with Inasmuch as the designation.
Ride for Refuge – Will take place on 1 October in Fort Langley. There are a number of people who are joining our team this year including past family members. More information on how to be involved or support the team will be sent next month. Last year was the first that inasmuch entered a team. It was great fun and we raised $2,500.
For Jesus Christ the be manifested and glorified in all that transpires moment by moment in the house.