Yes, it’s really special to be able to update you on some great news and answers to prayer this close to Christmas.
In the last couple of weeks these wonderful things have happened:
- One of the Kurdish women with us was granted refugee protection. She is now full of hope and looking to the future.
- Our Burundian mother of twins met with a lawyer at MOSAIC in Vancouver back in November to see what could be done to speed up her Permanent Residency application to bring her husband and two children to Canada. Just a few days ago she received a letter from CIC (Citizenship & Immigration Canada) that her family reunification is being expedited!
- Another young Kurdish woman with us has begun working as an Arabic interpreter for Community Services working with Syrian refugees in Abbotsford. She has also begun looking for her own place to rent and moving on - creating an opening in the house.
- One of Inasmuch’s earliest family members was offered an entry level accounting position at one of Canada’s top accountancy firms in Langley. He had wonderful coaching preparation from some of the volunteers here at inasmuch. He also received a letter from CIC that his Permanent Residence meeting will be on 9 January.
- We are half way to our goal of $3,000/month of committed monthly support to cover operational costs of the house for our refugee claimant family. We are so grateful for everyone who comes alongside us in this way. It makes a huge difference.
It’s not easy in the rush and craziness of the festive season to stop and be thankful for so many things. But at inasmuch we are so grateful for the incredible journey that 2016 has been.
When you listen to Handel’s Messiah – which is a bit of a tradition here at inasmuch – and hear the words: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given… and he’ll be called Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” it’s impossible not to contrast it with the daily news of tragedy and turmoil in the world. The people that come to inasmuch are fleeing that turmoil and are in fear for their lives.
This Christmas our prayer is that, along with our refugee claimant family and everyone here at inasmuch, you will experience the wonderful peace of Christ.
Blessings this Christmas!