Church Resources

  • International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2020

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    "Joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

    In some parts of the world, choosing to follow Christ can be dangerous, and even life-threatening. Carrying the name "Christian" can lead to physical harm, loss of livelihood, arrest or even death.

    Persecuted believers who have been forcibly displaced from their homes live with the added burden of being isolated and cut off from friends and family. Recent Covid-19 restrictions have given us a small taste of something our brothers and sisters living with persecution have endured for years - without the threat of death or arrest when we do venture out.

    Today, more than 260 million Christians are suffering and persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. 

    Our different circumstances and our geographical location can leave us feeling separated and unsure of how to help. The Canadian International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) provides a practical way stand with those who have lost so much.

    Sunday, November 1 has been identified as "IDOP Sunday" this year. A video, suggested scriptures, children's material and other resourcesare available to help congregations, groups, and individuals pray effectively for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

  • Introduction to the Refugee Highway 2019

    What is the Refugee Highway? Where is it? Who travels this Highway?

    This 6 minute video will answer these questions and describe how the church is particularly equipped to respond with the compassion, grace and love of Jesus to those who find themselves on it. 

    We encourage every congregation to watch and then pray to understand how they should respond to the ongoing global crisis.

  • Introductory E-Training Course

    rstpRSTP offers an online training course called Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program two to three times a year.

  • Letter to Pastors & Church Leaders

    desert roadThis letter is to bring your attention to the Refugee Sponsorship Initiative that we are undertaking as an Association and to answer some of the many questions you may have. It will provide you with the background information of how we got to now, clarify what a Sponsorship Agreement Holder is, and bring you up-to-date with where the AGC is at in this process today.

  • Life as a Newcomer

    Starting over again in a new country is difficult enough without the trauma of having to flee your home because of war or persecution. So many of these recent newcomers have had to leave family behind. They have suffered untold injustices and have been faced with unthinkable choices. These are some of their stories as they begin a new life here in Canada.

  • Life in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

    Kitala first contact AGC RSI in November 2017. We have emailed back and forth several times over these past two years. In my efforts to better understand what life is like for refugees, I asked Kitala if he would take some photos and write to explain for us who are so far removed from his experience what life is like for them in a refugee camp. Kitala lives in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya that hosts over 186,000 refugees. These are his words and his photos.

    Kitala MichelleFirst and foremost, Kakuma refugee camp has a semi-arid climate with temperature reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The area is always full of dust storms, poisonous spiders, snakes, and scorpions. Outbreaks of malaria, pneumonia, and cholera do not spare refugees, and 3 months ago, one of my neighbors died with cholera.

  • Managing Expectations

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    Managing Expectations in the context of Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR)

    This training is required by your SAH. Every member of the Core Team must participate in the Resource Kit activities.

    Managing Expectations Resource Kit

    This kit can be used at one or two of your Core Team meetings to explore the unidentified expectations within your own sponsorship group. One or two Core Team members could facilitate the training after looking through the material using the guided questions and videos included. 

    RSTP's "Managing Expectations Resource Kit" is available for download here.  Video links and Resource Kit Activities only (a duplicate of the activities already found in the Resource Kit) can be accessed through these links. This kit works like curriculum. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need assistance to facilitate this training.

  • Map of the Refugee Highway (2018)

    Refugee Highway MapThe International Association for Refugees has designed a striking and informative poster to raise awareness about the realities of the Refugee Highway and our mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves.

    Perfect for churches, class rooms, dorm rooms and the office.

    Go to the IAFR toolbox to download file for professional printing (36" x 27")

  • Monitoring Reports

    family2Now that the sponsored refugees have arrived, all the work that went into settlement and budget planning will be put to the test. Is it a good plan? Are the expectations realistic?

    As with every successful endeavor, there must be an informed plan or course of action. And as with every successful endeavor, that plan must be flexible enough to bend to real life, with real people. To help CGs navigate the adjustments that are to be expected once they move from theory to the real thing, we require the CG Representative submit a quarterly report designed to provide us with the practical information we need, and to create room to notice potential issues as they arise.

  • Never Give Up

    A moving reminder of Paul's words to the persecuted.

  • Our Stories

    In the Fall of 2015, AGC churches began a journey together into the heartbreaking world of refugees, and the blessed opportunities we have as Canadians to sponsor them. These are our stories. 

  • Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws

    ss banged up for blasphemyThe news of Asia Bibi's arrival in Canada has once again put the spotlight on the plight of persecuted Pakistanis who have fled for their lives after being falsely accused of blasphemy. This excellent video reveals the broad scope of Pakistan's blasphemy laws and the fervent zeal of those seeking to enforce them.

  • Permanent Residency and Permanent Resident (PR) Card

    Permanent Residency:

    Resettled refugees become permanent residents (PRs) the moment they sign their ‘Confirmation of Permanent Residence’ document at the airport. As Permanent Residents they:

    • Access the same social benefits and health care coverage as Canadian citizens.
    • Do not require a permit to study or work.
    • Are protected under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
    • Have responsibilities, including paying taxes and respecting all federal, provincial and municipal laws.
  • Post-Sponsorship Transition

    Post-sponsorship transition helpIt is essential that when the sponsorship period ends, the newcomer’s financial dependency on the sponsors must end too. While it may take much longer to truly settle and feel at home here, sponsors must work to support a transition to self-sufficiency. Community connections and friendships often continue indefinitely.

    Supporting Independence from the Beginning:

    Take active steps throughout the sponsorship to give newcomers the tools to do things for themselves (even when it might be easier to do things for them) including:

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  • Prayer of Compassion

    praying manWritten by Nikki, Executive Chairperson for Africa: Love Justice International (www.lovejustice.ngo).
    Used by permission.

    Lord, we see the disconnect between the world you created in the garden of Eden and the suffering in the world around us, and sometimes we feel so overwhelmed by the enormity of the need.

    Forgive us where we have ignored the plight of the suffering and vulnerable because we have felt overwhelmed, didn't know where to start, or thought that it wasn't our responsibility.

  • Prepare a Binder

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    Arriving in a new country with new faces, new appliances, a new language, a new currency can all be overwhelming without the added challenge of having lived as a refugee for the past several years. There is alot of new information for a newcomer to absorb.

    We strongly encourage sponsorship groups to prepare a binder to give to the family soon after arrival. The family will be able to review information, pictures and maps at anytime, reinforcing anything sponsors have previously shared.

  • Preparing a Settlement Plan

    desk laptopThe full title of this webinar is: Preparing a Settlement Plan: The Financial and Settlement Responsibilities of Sponsors under the PSR Program.

    This is one of the webinars that is required training by our SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

    Date:Tuesday, December 8, 2020
    Time:3:00 - 5:00pm EST

    This webinar delivered by RSTP for new and experienced sponsors while provide an in-depth look at the financial and settlement responsibilities of sponsors under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program, including:

    • how long sponsors are expected to provide financial support to refugees sponsored under the PSR program;
    • the minimum amount of financial support that sponsors are expected to provide to refugees on arrival and the relationship between the Sponsorship Cost Table and the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) rates;
    • how to use the Minimum Financial Support Calculator to calculate the minimum level of financial support required on arrival;
    • situations that may change the amount of financial support that sponsors are expected to provide once the refugees arrive in Canada; and,
    • an overview of sponsors’ settlement responsibilities under the program and how settlement agencies can assist sponsors with fulfilling their settlement responsibilities.

    To register for this webinar, click here.

    This is one of RSTP's newer webinars and there is no copy available in the video library yet. By participating in the webinar live, you have the added advantage of being able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

  • Preparing for and Transitioning to Month 13

    Attend a webinar for an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programThis is one of the webinars that is required training by our SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

    Date:Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    Time:3:00 - 4:00pm EST

    This webinar delivered by RSTP for new and experienced sponsors while provide an in-depth look at:

    • what is Month 13 and when sponsors should start preparing for the transition to Month 13;
    • resources that are available to assist sponsors and sponsored newcomers with the transition;
    • what to consider when sponsors and sponsored newcomers begin preparing for the transition;
    • services that are available to sponsored newcomers in Month 13; and,
    • how to evaluate the sponsorship

    To register for this webinar, click here.

    If this timing is not convenient, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here. Attending the webinar in person means you can participate in the Q&A session at the end.

  • Preparing for the Visa Office Interview

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    This is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. The Team Lead must take this webinar, and then communicate the applicable content to the refugee before the Visa Office interview.

    Date: TBD 
    Time: TBD

    Listento the July 29, 2020 webinar here.

    The interview with the Canadian visa offices (VO) abroad is the stepping stone towards granting permanent residence status for your sponsored refugees and bringing them to safety in Canada.

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