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Refugee Sponsorship

The Yazidi

As a denomination, the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, has identified the Yazidis as a Least Reached People Group and has been working with the Alliance Churches in Northern Iraq, to bring succor to the Yazidi people. President Dave Hearn visited Northern Iraq in the summer of 2016 to hear the stories of the Yazidis first-hand, and while heartbreaking, he was also able to see how the people have responded to the care being provided to them by the Iraqi Alliance churches.

Supporting the Yazidi People who are resettling in Canada


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. 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 (who qualify) to find protection and build a new life here in Canada.

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 National Ministry Centre who are Sponsorship Agreement Holder representatives.

 “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).

How to get involved?

Step 1: 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 page.

Step 2: 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. Finally, find other church groups in your area who are interested in Refugee Sponsorship and consider working together.

Completing the Forms:

Information about which documents need to be completed can be found on the completing the forms page.

Refugee Fund:

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.

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