Refugee sponsorship

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 help them.


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'


Ways you can give:


Each week during our Sunday Celebration Service you will be given the opportunity to contribute financially.


You can donate through Willowdale's secure Canada Helps account.


During our Sunday Celebration we will have a debit/credit machine set up for you to use at the Welcome Centre.

If you would like to receive personal offering envelopes please contact the church office by email at or call 416-222-1631.

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Tax Receipts will be issued for donations over $10. Please ensure your full name and address are clearly written to receive credit for your contribution.

Please note that all money given to Willowdale Church marked for general use will be applied where it is most needed. All expenditures are prayerfully considered and approved by church leadership.