“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.
Family Celebration! To round out this rollercoaster of a week, on Saturday we had a huge picnic at Hayward Lake, BC to celebrate both of these couples being free to stay in Canada. Many former inasmuch family members joined us to celebrate with them – and enjoy picnic tables groaning under the weight of food, kayaking, swimming, soccer and so much laughter.
It is a true family that is created in the Christ-centered environment at inasmuch.
We could use your help!
In the next month or so both couples will be transitioning out of inasmuch to apartments or suites and there are many needs to help get them started.
If you can help in any way with the following for two couples:
- Household furnishings in good condition
- Kitchen utensils, pots and pans etc
- Linens and towels
At inasmuch we want to send the beds family members have been sleeping on with them when they go and acquire new beds for the next arrivals.
Therefore, we want to raise $1,200 to purchase two new queen beds. If you can help with this, please go to the donate page on our website.
The Ride for Refuge is Saturday, 30 September, 2017
We’re assembling a team to raise funds. In addition to our own team, we have a couple of teams with us now from Trinity Western University and two teams our board members are putting together.
Please consider sponsoring, or even riding yourself, to help us.
The Ride for Refuge is North America wide and there are hundreds of organizations that work with refugees raising funds for their work.
You can sponsor us here: https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/inasmuch
We have been blessed so much by the volunteers who have come alongside us on a steady basis at the house, plus the great drivers who have taken our folks in and out of Vancouver for Canadian Border Services reporting.
And finally, Labour Day weekend is local missions weekend at Northview Community Church in Abbotsford. We will be speaking at all services that weekend and would love to see you there.