We represent five Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) congregations from West Edmonton and Parkland County:
11533 135 St NW, Edmonton, AB, (780) 455-3638
18345 62b Ave NW, Edmonton, AB (780) 444-6769
51301 RR 274, Spruce Grove, AB (780) 963-7656
101 McLeod Avenue, Spruce Grove, AB (780) 962-3766
5010 52 Ave, Stony Plain, AB (780) 963-3131
Working through Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) we plan to sponsor a family from among the ‘neglected refugees’. These include two types: The Canadian government has sponsored refugees from Syrian refugee camps, however, Christian Syrians are not safe or welcome in these camps. Thus, private sponsorship is the only option for their resettlement. Also, government sponsorship of refugees from other conflict zones (Angola, Nigeria, Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, etc.) has been capped, leaving private sponsorship as the only option. These people are in extreme need having no secure home, no money, and minimal food and shelter and we have so much to share.
The estimated cost of sponsoring a refugee family for the usual one-year period is a financial commitment of approximately $30,000.00. Before we can submit our sponsorship application to CLWR, we need $10,000.00 in the bank, as well as pledge commitments for the remaining $20,000.00. Each of the five churches is responsible for $6,000.00. We need to obtain the actual money or a pledge commitment (over a period of one year) by September 30, 2016.
If you are a member of one of the five congregations, your donation will go into the offering envelope in your home congregation, as an addition to your regular offering. On your offering envelope, indicate that portion of your offering as ‘Refugee Sponsorship’. This money will be set aside within the local parish until it is required by the Sponsorship committee.
If you are not a member of the five congregations and would like to assist us in sponsoring a refugee family, you may make a tax deductible donation online at CANADA HELPS:
Registered Canadian Charity BN: 129645446RR0001
We also need a network of volunteers to support our refugee family through their first year. There will be three key volunteer groups:
Those willing to volunteer may contact Pastor Philip Penrod.
Our financial commitment to the family is for one year. It is not unusual for a refugee family to become economically self-sufficient within the first year of sponsorship. However, relationships and friendships last forever, so our contact with the family is anticipated to be on-going, even after the year of sponsorship is over.
We realize this brief article can’t answer all your questions. We value the opportunity to continue the conversation with you. We believe the strength of our approach is in our partnership with: CLWR, Refugees, Local Communities, Congregations, and YOU.
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