Pork and corn roast raises $7K for refugees to come to HN

Pork and corn roast raises $7K for refugees to come to HN
Zack Alton of Jarvis, Keith Miedema of Townsend, and Albert Vanbenthem of Hagersville.
Two men sitting
JARVIS—The pork and corn roast at the Jarvis Lions’ Pavilion is a local church tradition that raises money for various causes and missions each year. Everyone enjoys the food and the opportunity to get together in the summer. This year the children also had fun in a bouncy castle. Who can resist ribs, pulled pork, roast pork, local corn, and other fixings? Shown above: Rob Ouwendyk and Jack Van Netten of Jarvis.

By Rebecca Shortt, Chair, Refugees of Hope

To The Haldimand Press

JARVIS—On Wednesday, August 7, 2019 six local churches joined together for a pork and corn roast at the Jarvis Lions Pavilion to raise funds for Refugees of Hope. The roast has been tradition among the partner churches to raise money for various causes over the years; this year $7,000 was raised of the $70,000 goal.

The six partner churches are: Maranatha Christian Reformed Church (York), Hagersville Community Christian Reformed Church, Kingsway Church (Balmoral), Sweets Corners Church, Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church (Jarvis), and Immanuel Christian Reformed Church (Simcoe). These congregations formed Refugees of Hope in early 2016 to sponsor people fleeing violence and persecution to settle in Canada. Since their formation, Refugees of Hope has sponsored four individuals and is currently preparing to sponsor a family of five.

Our first refugee was a single woman from Iraq. I was so worried on her first night in Simcoe that she would be scared; it was a strange place and she barely spoke any English. I learned later that it was the first time she slept through the night in 20 years – because she knew that in Canada she would be safe.

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