We have sponsored two families in the last three years and we are in the process of sponsoring a third family who are arriving once the COVID-19 pandemic is over - that is our hope and prayer. It is a family of three with the youngest under a year old. They are Iranian, having escaped persecution, and now living in Turkey. They were being fast tracked to get to Canada after being approved by Canadian officials, but the COVID-19 put the whole process on hold. We rejoice in the fact that they have been given approval from the Canadian Embassy - this will ensure that they can stay in Turkey until they get to Canada - and not be returned to Iran where their lives are at risk.
A team has been established and any questions can be directed to the Team Lead, Joan Kroeger. We invite you to participate by praying for this family - that they will be given their travel visas to come to Canada soon.
We have now raised the funds required for the year of sponsorship. Thank you for giving to help this family!
We have established a Sponsorship Team that will dedicated to fulfill the responsibilities of a sponsor group. To cover the key tasks described belown sub teams are being formed to help share the weight of the task.
If you are interested in being a part of this team, contact Joan Kroeger!
There is an incredibly rigorous, time consuming and thorough process that all immigrants to Canada must go through. To begin with, this process includes checking against immigration, law enforcement and security databases as well as personal interviews with immigration officers. Screening for communicable diseases and developing medical files also happens before an application is moved forward. The Canadian government is very transparent about this process and several excellent articles have been written, including the following by the Toronto Star:
Simply put, no. We are looking at the size of family we can support, seeking to understand their special and specific struggles, needs and culture, and preparing to provide the material and social support that will be needed throughout this process. Religion is not a consideration in our selection process.
We are actively looking for housing in the immediate Cloverdale (Surrey) area. If you have temporary (2 to 6 weeks) housing available, or if you know of a long term housing solution we want to connect with you. Please contact us via email at Refugee Team.
Please contact Joan in the church office to let PCC know what you want to donate. Email Joan