In 2019, Willowdale is initiating the sponsorship of a Persian family,
currently in a UN Refugee Camp in Turkey, to come to Canada. As the process has begun but is not
finalized, the names of the individuals in the family we will be helping to
settle in Toronto, will be shared publicly, once the final approval process is
complete. The following details will
help you give financially to this special fund.
We became aware of a family, a mother and two adult sons, because they
are related to a family who is part of Willowdale Pentecostal Church. Being Christians in Iran, they experienced
persecution for publishing a book about Jesus and for preaching and proselytizing
(evangelizing). They had to leave abruptly
and flee their home country. Seeking asylum
on grounds of religious persecution to the UN, they found themselves in a refugee
camp in Turkey. There, in the refugee
camp, they have only the basic necessities of life. Conditions are poor they are not permitted to
work or earn money—they are just waiting to be approved as refugees by a
welcoming country. We hope to be able to
Canada is accepting refugees, but the process occurs more quickly if
charities, including churches, commit to helping the family settle, find
housing, transportation and jobs, by sponsoring the family for one year. The Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) for
Willowdale is the PAOC, and the Canadian Government requires $16000 per refugee
to be held in trust by the SAH, in order to begin to process the refugee claim,
paving the way for their arrival in Canada.
This means WPC is working to raise $48000 to help this family come to
Canada and settle.
The leadership of Willowdale, our board and pastoral staff, believes God
has put this family in our pathway, in order for us to become involved—in order
to help them and be the answer to their prayers. If this speaks to your heart and you would
like to help, you can donate anytime in one of our services by marking your
gift in an envelope as ‘Refugee Sponsorship’ or by going online through our
website to Canada Helps, then clicking on ‘Refugee Family Sponsorship’. Every dollar raised will help us help a
refugee family and get them approved to settle in this great country and in the
city of Toronto.
Leviticus 25:35 – ‘If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty
and cannot support himself, support him as you would a foreigner or a temporary
resident and allow him to live with you.’
If you would like to sponsor a family, please go to our Canada Helps account, scroll down the page to the drop down menu 'Apply your donation to a specific fund set up by this charity' and select 'Refugee Sponsorship'