This time last year, we were living in a basement suite, renting apartments for refugee claimants, and praying for the vision of an INASMUCH house to be revealed. Less than two months later we rented a tear-down of a house from the City of Abbotsford, and in the month following possession, it was gutted and transformed by 75 tradesmen and friends into a wonderful transition house.
Refuge for the world
We have been in the house for eight months and it has been home to a couple from Afghanistan, another from Kurdistan (north of Iraq), a 17 year-old from Afghanistan, a single man from Cameroon and another from Kuwait. They have all received refugee protection. Now as of this month, a woman from El Salvador, and another from Burundi has found home at INASMUCH.
Love, laughter and such good food!
The atmosphere is one of joy, love, and helping each other. The laughter is as fragrant as the food being prepared from these different nationalities. We have common meals two or three times a week - which brings us all together even in times of anxiety over separation from family and past trauma. The saying in the house is: “It’s all about the food!”
Why do we do this?
Jesus is the center of all that we do, and it is precious to pray with our INASMUCH family members before their Refugee Protection Division hearings that determine their admissibility to stay in Canada. We see and hear on the news about fear of those coming to Canada as refugees, but we have been blessed to be trusted to enter the hearts and spirits of these dear people. We believe we are entertaining angels unaware. In addition, those who have engaged with us have been transformed in crossing the fear and comfort zone lines.
Can we be so bold as to tell you our needs?
INASAMUCH supports with housing, food and transportation until social assistance is approved. Our monthly operating costs are approximately $2,500 for rent, utilities, food, clothing, and transportation. It would help a great deal if any of you could partner with us for monthly support no matter how big.
Our new arrival from Burundi is pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl, due in early March, so we need all the things that go for newborn babies from diapers to clothes for both mother and babies.
Our 17 year-old from Afghanistan has had to have severe dental work done and there is about $2,000 remaining to be paid.
How to donate
Northview Community Church is currently receipting for INASMUCH as we are going through the process of attaining our own charitable status. If you can donate, please make the cheque out to Northview Community church with INASMUCH on the memo line.
By snail mail the address is: Northview Community Church, 32040 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC. V4X 1X5
A great big thank you to all who have come along side us this past year. You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many. We really appreciate each and every one of you.
May the Christ of Christmas bless each of you in the coming days and into 2016!