There are more refugees on planet earth now than at any time in history. Refugees need our help to escape persecution, harm and even death. Claimant Refugees are courageous, determined and resolute and deserve our admiration. For example, there is a claimant refugee couple who both suffer with polio, who struggle to walk with crutches, who made the journey from Central America to Canada with two toddlers. It’s hard to imagine how difficult and challenging this journey must have been.
Refugees typically arrive in Canada with no resources or familiarity with our culture. They come to make a better life for their children, to live in safety and freedom which we can often take for granted. Refugees are typically hard working, self- supporting and bring added skills to our community.
Our first family is thriving: We have had to protect their identity to keep family members safe. The father is working and climbing the corporate ladder within TransLink, the mother is determined to learn English and their three girls are flourishing in school. This family of Muslim faith arrived in Vancouver with nothing; they have experienced the deep love of Jesus and they are grateful for this love. This family is incredibly grateful for the support of WVBC. The father recently volunteered to help us move furniture for our second family and he is assisting them to settle in their new community. We have built a loving friendship with this family, and we continue to stay connected which is certainly a gift from God.
We have been incredibly blessed to sponsor a second family and are close friends with Juan, Maria, Luis and Lucy. We provided them with initial shelter in Lynn Valley when they had no place to go. We recently moved them into the New Hope building in Surrey which they absolutely love. They are enjoying the Christian Community at New Hope, each family member has made new friends, especially Luis and Lucy. Juan is working in Construction Monday – Friday and Maria is working weekends in a warehouse where she is learning to drive a forklift! Luis loves his new school, everyone is healthy and happy. We quote Maria, “we are so grateful and so happy”! We are blessed to have a wonderful friendship with this family. We give all Praise and Glory to God.