We know it’s a cliché, but life at inasmuch can really be a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s sometimes hard to put into words how it feels to watch our family members come from places of fear into a place of hope.
We cannot take their pain away, but we can walk a small part of their journeys with them.
And sometimes, like one of those beautiful Fraser Valley skies - when the sun shines through storm clouds - we see them begin to build a bright future in Canada.
So it is with our last three couples.
All had experienced severe trauma as they were in flight for their lives before arriving, but the peace, Christian love and fellowship of inasmuch has been a great healer. Over the last seven months, the couples from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ethiopia have blended well into a new family, growing to love and respect each other.
All attended Northview Community Church with us every Sunday, as well as biweekly small church meetings at the house. Those from the church that came alongside them opened their hearts to the love of Christ and brought a deep peace to their lives.
But now it’s time for them to move on.
Hugs of welcome and hugs goodbye.
Over the last two weeks all the family members have moved out and on to begin their new lives in Canada. The pain of leaving children behind in their home countries goes with them, but they are slowly beginning to settle.
The two from Ethiopia are both working and have found a wonderful apartment in Abbotsford – and will see their first baby arrive in July. It’s always such a joy to welcome babies at inasmuch, because it really does help everyone focus on the future.
We waved the couple from Afghanistan goodbye at Vancouver airport last week as they head to join family in Toronto. And the other couple have also moved to a lovely suite in Abbotsford.
It’s a bit like when children leave home. They take a piece of our hearts with them, but we long for them to fly.
And thanks to the amazing work of the team at inasmuch we know they will fly.
Language, learning and love
Our heart and purpose is to prepare inasmuch family members to integrate into Canadian culture and society.
A solid foundation of English training focused on Canadian culture and integration continues to be provided by our skilled and loving Angela Belcham and two other volunteers, as well as the wonderful ESL classes provided by Seven Oaks Alliance Church.
We have also partnered with VanCity Abbotsford who have conducted workshops for current and former family members at inasmuch house to deliver financial training to help them navigate the Canadian banking system and financial planning.
When you think about inasmuch, we ask that you pray for the family members.
You may not know their names, or their stories, or their hopes and dreams, but we ask you to pray anyway. The peace that comes to them knowing that folks around Abbotsford, Canada, and across the world have them in their prayers is immense.
Thank you always for your support - it means so much to us all.