The congregation of Mission’s Cedar Valley Mennonite Church has voted to sponsor a refugee family. The initiative was sparked by the recent refugee crisis in Syria but it is unlikely that suitable Syrian refugees have yet been cleared to come to Canada.
The refugee co-ordinator at the Mennonite Central Committee told the congregation that there are approximately 400 refugees from around the world who have already been cleared for settlement in Canada. A 20-page list of potential settlers was given to a church committee which sought to find the best fit between what the refugees need and what the congregation can offer.
Cedar Valley will contribute to the family’s expenses for the first year and is now seeking housing for the family it chooses. The congregation also hopes that another group or church in Mission will consider sponsoring a related family, which will help ease the transition to a new culture for both families.
If anyone has a suitable house available or would like to sponsor an additional family please contact Cedar Valley Mennonite Church at 604-826-2445.