Opportunities

  • BVOR Program

    The BVOR Program is designed to resettle refugees identified by the UNHCR and submitted to Canadian Visa Offices abroad. It is only the families or individuals who have been living in limbo for many years, who are often at risk, and for whom resettlement is the only viable durable solution that are referred under this program.

  • flag pakistanIn our world today (2018), Pakistan is ranked by World Watch List at #5 of the top 50 nations where Christians are persecuted, ahead of Eritrea (#6) and just behind Sudan (#4).

  • Click on "Events" above to see events currently available in our communities or on-line.

  • Attend a webinar for an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programThis is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. The Team Lead and one or two others from the Core Team must take this webinar.

    Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
    Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

    This webinar will cover:

    • the history & launch of PSR program
    • Program evolvement over the years
    • PSR as part of global resettlement efforts

    To register for this webinar, click here.

    If that time is not convenient, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here.

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

  • naomi house refugee transitional housingThrough our connections with the Baptist General Conference, our Manitoba churches have a unique opportunity to partner with a Constituent Group in Winnipeg to sponsor Pakistani refugees who are stranded in Thailand. The group in Winnipeg is known by both Lorne Meisner, and Tim & Susan Davis.

  • Sponsor refugees identified as being most in need of resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)!

    After the success of last year's initiative, the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, the Shapiro Foundation and G. Barrie Landry have launched a new fund to encourage BVOR sponsorship.

    Watch this video to learn more about the BVOR initiative.

    This new fund will fully cover the sponsor's portion of each BVOR settlement costs.  Groups will remain responsible for collecting in-kind donations and funding to cover start-up costs such as furniture, kitchen items and clothing.

    Applications must be received in our office by August 15, 2019 to allow time for processing and submission in time for the August 31 deadline.

    For the first time, qualifying SAHs will be able to apply for substantial funds to help with the administrative costs associated with supporting increased BVOR sponsorships.

    Refugees sponsored with the support of this fund will arrive in Canada before December 31, 2019.

  • roadOlivia is part of a group at Park Avenue Bible Church in Melfort, SK that has connected with a family overseas. She was asked if she would write something about that experience to share with our AGC churches. Thank-you, Olivia, for your submission.

    "So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." Galatians 6:9-10

    I sat down to write up a piece about how we got to this place of praying for the persecuted church and about our heart for the plight of our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted for the sake of the gospel. As time moved along, my own heart was drawn toward refugees and the possibility of sponsoring someone. Yet as I put these thoughts down, I ended up with something entirely different.

  • 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: Friday, June 21, 2019
    Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT

    This webinar will cover:

    • when should sponsors start preparing for the end of sponsorship
    • what to consider when preparing newcomers for the post-sponsorship period
    • services available for sponsored newcomers after the sponsorship period
    • evaluating the sponsorship experience. and
    • the post-sponsorship relationship

    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.

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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: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

    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.

  • If you are looking for a family to sponsor, a family or person to connect with via email, Facebook or WhatsApp, or simply educating yourself about situations of people in the world today, you will find real stories of real people in this part of our website. All names and personalized information has been changed to protect anonymity, since refugee status determination or personal safety may be undermined if sensitive information is made public.

    Contact us if you need more information.

  • RHP 2019The Refugee Highway Partnership is a network of Christians, churches and organizations who have found common cause in the call of Jesus to “welcome the stranger” and extend hospitality to those in need.

    The Roundtable is where we gather - the table is Round because we’re in this together and need one another’s voices. It’s a place of inspiration, learning, sharing, and equipping. It is a space where diverse ministries, services, and individuals find one another in order to bring about action that would please the heart of Jesus, as He sees us welcoming the stranger in our midst and showing the mercy that He first offered us.

    This year's theme is "PLACE" looking into thoughts from Exodus 33:21:

    “Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.”

    Location: The Peoples Church | 374 Sheppard Ave E | Toronto, ON
    Date & Time: Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 9:00am - Friday, Oct 25, 2019 @ 2;30pm

    Register on-line here.

  • protecting refugees equals stronger communitiesRefugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th. It is an opportunity to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Singh Decision. Refugee Rights Day is also a time to learn about the threats to those rights.

    You can get more information about the Supreme Court's 1985 Singh decision, and the importance of that decision today, along with other practical resources to assist you in promoting Refugee Rights Day in your community.

  • silhouette 3b Samir,* from a country known for its high incidence of Christian persecution, has sought asylum in Asia. Very aware of the danger, he and his friend started carefully approaching members of their nationality and the Arab community to share the gospel. Late last year, someone exposed them and they have both been threatened with death by a radical group for being apostates and trying to convert people away from Islam. They’ve been reported to the authorities who work with their Embassy. If they are caught, as he says, the best case scenario is that they be deported back "home" where they will be sure to receive capital punishment. But Samir is familiar with Canada!

  • pray womanIn light of the on-going refugee crisis, people will need to pray for refugees, asylum seekers and those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes for many years to come. If you need a few ideas of specific issues, then this list may be helpful.

    Many of these items have been taken directly from a document put together by the International Association for Refugees. We have added a few of our own requests that have come from individuals we have been in contact with who have unexpectedly found themselves to be refugees.

  • The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and other settlement agencies host several workshops and webinars throughout the year. Check back here frequently to see what is available.

  • training teacherTraining in the comfort of your own home by qualified RSTP trainers, SAH members, and settlement providers will contribute to your knowledge base of Canada's refugee sponsorship programs.

    Attendance of several regularly featured RSTP webinars or watching a recorded webinar are required by each Core Team as outlined below:

    The following 2 webinars/videos are required by the Team Lead plus one other core team member:

    • Introduction to Canada's Refugee sponsorship Programs
    • The Road from Schedule 2 to "Welcome to Canada": Preparing for Visa Office Interviews

    Required training by each Core Team member:

    • Managing Expectations in the context of Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR)
    • Supporting Settlement and Integration
    • Preparing for Month 13
    • Sponsorship Ethics - 5 minute video
    • Power Imbalance - 3 minute audio

    You will find webinar descriptions and their registration links below if any are currently scheduled. Alternately, recorded videos of previous webinars are available on the RSTP site itself here.

    Along with the webinars/videos, each core team person will:

    • submit the results of a Criminal Record Check to their Team Lead
    • participate in Cross-Cultural Awareness training
    • participate in volunteer screening and orientation as provided by their church. If a church does not already have a volunteer screening program in place, the AGC recommends Plan to Protect Refugee Settlement Information. For churches that already use Plan to Protect, this course will serve as another module to an already comprehensive program.
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    Canadians have the enviable opportunity to not only live in this great country with freedoms & opportunities, but we also have the opportunity to sponsor refugees through our government's Private Sponsorship of Refugees program. When we participate in this program, people who have been forcibly displaced because of circumstances entirely beyond their control can arrive as Permanent Residents to live in our neighbourhoods with us, to attend our schools, to work among us, to enrich our communities.

    Although we don't hear as much in the news, the situation for those who are living it is as much a crisis today as it has ever been. People are still risking their lives in the pursuit of freedom and to avoid war and death. Risky water crossings, paying smugglers, hiding out in 8' x 10' rooms - this is the norm for millions. Conflict and persecution in many parts of the world is rising. The UNHCR reports that never before has the world seen these levels of displacement.

    Resettlement in another country is the only durable solution for many. You can be a part of that solution, and will find information and resources here to help you.

    If you cannot sponsor a family to resettle in Canada, you still have the opportunity to bring hope and friendship to many. Technology today means that we can have back and forth conversations with people on the other side of the world. We can be a listening ear, a friendly face on their screen, an encourager to someone who is certain they have been forgotten in the world.

    The AGC would love to assist you in your efforts to reach out to ease the suffering of those who have lost so much, to make a way for those who are trapped in unimaginable circumstances to find hope and freedom. Explore the website, and contact us for further conversation and help.

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    Tim and Susan Davis
    Co-directors | AGC Compassion & Justice

  • computer keyboardI have spent the evening again reading emails and messaging with people overseas. As time goes on, these people are becoming friends. We laugh together, we pray for one another, (I think that may be why my wrist is better again), we talk about our days and our children … and I often cry. May I introduce you to a few?

    Let me introduce Bethany*.  Her husband Henry had been a teacher at a Missionary School before being charged with blasphemy. Bethany made the mistake of identifying extremists to police and speaking against them in the media. Their village was set ablaze, with explosives being thrown into houses.