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What is Refugee Sponsorship?
Each year, millions of people around the world are forced to flee their homeland to escape persecution, war or severe human rights abuses. Often, these people are permanently displaced and are never able to return home. Currently, there are more than 15 million refugees worldwide.
Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are able to provide opportunities for refugees living abroad (and who qualify) to find protection and build a new life here in Canada.
Alliance churches in Canada have a rich history of supporting refugees and have demonstrated that we are ready to respond with a heart of compassion to the injustices and oppression of vulnerable persons.
The C&MA, an officially recognized Sponsorship Agreement Holder with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has the capacity to make a difference in the lives of refugees through the PSR Program. Alliance churches can enter into the private sponsorship of refugees with the full support and guidance of the Justice and Compassion staff at the NMC who are Sponsorship Agreement Holder representatives.
Why does it matter?
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” — MATTHEW 25:35.
As Christians we are called to put our faith and hope into action, to meet the needs of the oppressed and vulnerable by reflecting God’s love for us. God’s Word directs us in ways of hospitality and shows us the source of strength and wisdom for every service we do in God’s name.
In 2014, The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada is embarking on a commitment to sponsor Syrian refugees. Thousands of Syrians are currently living in appalling conditions in refugee camps and cannot return home for fear of death and persecution. They are in desperate need of sponsorship.
With this in mind, Alliance churches who choose to sponsor a refugee are actively “welcoming the stranger.” In return, they have the privilege of developing new friendships and learning about a different culture and way of life.
Discover what is involved by exploring the information we have available on our website:
Ignite a passion for welcoming the stranger and discover what is involved by taking a look at sponsoring a refugee family, sponsorship responsibilites, managing expectations, and the types of sponsorships available on our FIRST STEPS webpage.
Once you know what refugee sponsorship entails, and the church leadership has agreed to move forward, explore the resources and information provided on our NEXT STEPS webpage. Then contact the C&MA's Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) representative to communicate your intention to undertake a sponsorship.
Find other church groups in your area who are interested in Refugee Sponsorship and consider working together.
Information about which documents need to be completed can be found on the COMPLETING THE FORMS webpage.
We have established a Refugee Fund to a support local churches who are participating in refugee sponsorship resettlement. This fund is a safety reserve for sponsoring groups to apply for unexpected financial emergencies outside of the resettlement budget.