Opportunities

  • JAS Profile #19-0409

    JAS 19 0836ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hamilton, ON
    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Somalia
    FAMILY SIZE: One

    A Somali woman, aged 26, who arrived in Canada in late 2018, is hospitalized due to a disability.

    Medical needs: She suffers from an untreatable muscle disorder which will worsen over time. She is paralyzed, unable to move her arms and is slowly losing the use of her hands. She cannot go anywhere by herself. The hospital does not offer English training.

    Sponsor assistance: A sponsor could: reduce her feelings of isolation and loneliness through social, psychological, and emotional support; introduce her to the community to allow her to expand her social connections and build positive relationships with new people; and, informally help her practice English.

  • JAS Profile #19-0591

    london ontarioADDITIONAL INFORMATION: London, ON
    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Syria
    FAMILY SIZE: One

    A 62 year old senior newcomer widow with health issues is living alone in Canada. The newcomer is a survivor of trauma and torture and is considered to be a Woman at Risk.

    The newcomer has trouble getting to her medical appointments due to vision loss and a sponsor would be able to assist her by helping her attend her medical appointments and by helping her become more comfortable with the public transit system. The newcomer also feels isolated and a sponsor would be able to assist with overcoming this by helping her to integrate into her community by connecting her with local services, providing emotional support and practicing English with her.

  • JAS Profile #19-0836

    JAS 19 0836ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Calgary, AB
    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Syria
    FAMILY SIZE: 4

    This single mother from Syria and her three children arrived in Calgary in late 2018. The children have adapted well to school and are learning English.

    Special needs: The mother struggles with prior trauma, and has difficulty in caring for her children while adjusting to life in Canada.

    Medical needs: Each of the children have asthma, requiring frequent medical appointments. The youngest daughter suffers from a blood disorder, which requires additional medical support. The mother suffers from back pain, which makes it difficult for her to attend resettlement programs and language classes. She feels isolated and lonely, and has difficulty sleeping.

    Sponsor assistance: With the support of a sponsor, the mother could focus on her own integration by attending language classes, counselling sessions for past trauma and employment programs. A sponsor could help her understand and navigate the health care system.

  • Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) Opportunities

    Through the JAS program, the government and private sponsors work together to support refugees in Canada for up to 24 months, depending on the needs of teh resettled refugee. In a few cases, the private sponsor may support refugees for up to 36 months. 

    These refugees receive income support from the Government of Canada and emotional, moral and settlement support by a sponsor. Some refugees are identified overseas for the JAS program. Others are converted into JAS cases after they arrive in Canada if it becomes clear that they need more support.

    Follow this linkor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if there is a JAS case in your community.

  • Lovely Pain

    wilderness flowerA poem by Pastor Farshid Fathi

    Born in 1979, Farshid has been working in ministry since 1997. In the years 2001 – 2005, he was instrumental in planting 48 underground house churches in his native Iran.

    On 25 December 2010, Farshid was arrested along with a number of other church leaders. He was kept 361 days in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, often enduring severe interrogation. In March 2011 Farshid was sentenced to six years in prison for acting against national security through evangelism and promoting Christianity. In 2014 prison guards broke Farshid’s foot and thumb during a prison search. Farshid was later transferred to Rajaei Shahr Prison and released on 21 December 2015. While Farshid was in prison, his wife took their two children to Canada, where they have applied for citizenship. 

    Today, he remains in Turkey registered as an asylum seeker, but still not recognised as a refugee. Toronto area churches, this is an opportunity for you!


    My wilderness is painful, but lovely.
    Some parts of my wilderness are covered with thorns and hurt my feet,
    but I love it, and that's why I call it 'lovely pain'.

    My wilderness is so hot that my tears disappear before falling on the ground,
    but it is cool under Your shadows.

  • Matching Funds in Manitoba

    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.

  • Partnerships with Churches in the USA and Australia

    philip australiaA church in San Jose, California and another church in Perth, Western Australia have come to know families who through no fault of their own have ended up in situations far from their homes, living an untenable existence. 

    You can read Philip's story here, as we made this situation known to you last year and are still looking for a church to partner with us to help him.

    The church in San Jose has been working with Assist Global for many years in Turkey. The churches in Usak and Yalova were founded by Christians who escaped Iran several years ago after converting from Islam to Christianity. Once a person is identified as a Christian in Iran, they will be subject to beatings, imprisonments and death.

  • Philip's Story

    Profile: A Sri Lankan family. The father is in Australia; his wife and children are still in Sri Lanka.

    Risk: If returned to Sri Lanka, persecution to the point of making life intolerable is the best outcome. The more likely outcome is being "disappeared" by the Sri Lankan military &/or death. If he remains in Australia, any hope of being reunited with his family is lost. 

    Advantages: He was recognized as a refugee by the UNHCR in 2011. A church in Australia is prepared to raise all the required settlement support.

    Seeking: A congregation willing to help a Christian family of 5 resettle in their community.

    philip australiaPhilip's Story

    Philip lived on a small island in Sri Lanka with his wife and children. Due to the civil war, his island was under navy control. A few times each week, Philip would travel to the mainland to attend church and church meetings. The navy questioned Philip about his routine and accused him of being associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – which was untrue.

  • Prayer and a Refugee

    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.

  • Preparing a Settlement Plan

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

    Date:Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023
    Time:4 pm - 6 pm EST

    Continue to learn with Aliya's sponsorship group as they discover why the settlement plan is central to the application, how to calculate the application budget, where to find the application guide and how to read it with ease. Attendees will learn:

    • 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.

    Register here.

  • 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.

  • Refugee Family Bios

    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 personal information has been changed to protect identities, since refugee status determination or personal safety may be undermined if sensitive information is made public.

    Contact us if you need more information.

  • Refugee Rights Day - every April 4th

    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.

  • Refugee Sponsorship Video 2019

    Churches and community organizations in Port Hope and Cobourg, Ontario, have welcomed several refugee families as newcomers to their community.

    This 3-minute video introduces us to come of those families and speaks of the call that God's children have to "be a neighbour" to those who are in need of a home today.

     

  • Refugees 4 Refugees Collaboration

    farrukh susan rhpr2019I had the privilege of meeting Farrukh Mushtaq (far right in this photo) and his brother of Refugees 4 Refugees at the Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable in Toronto in October, 2019. He was part of a group that had been invited to lead the worship at one of the plenery sessions - authentic Pakistani music complete with harmonium and a drummer like I have never heard before!

    Farrukh was also one of the featured speakers, sharing his story of life in Pakistan, the blasphemy accusations, his family's flight to Vietnam then Sri Lanka, before coming to Canada. He and his family have lived the refugee story. He knows what it is like to leave everything  behind or be killed, and he knows what it is to be forcibly displaced, surviving as you can in a country that has no place for you.

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  • Showing the Love of Christ via Email

    laptop manMy first email from a refugee family seeking help came to my inbox in 2019.

    At first, I had no idea why they would be contacting me - some random pastor in Canada - so I suspected it was some kind of scam. However, in the email they mentioned that they had been in contact with Susan Davis so I contacted her to confirm the legitimacy of the email I had received. When Susan confirmed the reality of their situation, I replied to the family - promising to share their story with my church board and congregation. I didn’t know if we could do anything tangible to help them, but I felt we should at least try to do something!

  • Susana

    desk signingI recently crossed paths with an interesting woman in Argentina. She had participated in a "community sponsorship" in her city and was now looking for someone to help her sponsor another refugee she had met. Canada is the only country in the world with a working private sponsorship of refugees program, so when I heard that Argentina was allowing citizens to sponsor someone, I had to learn more. 

    The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative for several years has been looking for global answers to the current refugee crisis. One solution is Community Sponsorship. As GRSI explains:

    Community-based sponsorship programs allow individuals to directly engage in refugee resettlement efforts. Sponsors commit to providing financial, emotional and resettlement support to help newly-arrived refugees integrate into life in a new country.

    Countries around the world are starting to explore private sponsorship or community sponsorship, providing their citizens with the means to do something - something that Canadians have been privileged to do for 4 decades. It turns out, Argentina is one of those countries and Susana is one of those citizens. This is her story...

  • Ten Ways to Pray for Refugees

    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.

  • Ten Ways to Pray for Refugees

    pray womanEven before the days of Covid-19, refugees, asylum seekers and those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes needed our prayers. Today they need them more than ever. 

    Isolation and physical distancing is strange for us in North America. Yet today, many of us are isolated in our homes that are plenty big enough for us. Our fridges are full or at least easily filled; our medications can be refilled with a phone call. Some of us have the blessing of a yard - we can putter in the snow or the soil as the case may be. And our country has passed an Emergency Measures Bill that means many of us will be paid while we stay home.

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