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.