Why should First Vancouver CRC get involved?
The reasons are numerous:
Jesus was a refugee in Egypt; Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God's people are called to welcome the stranger and care for those 'within' our gates; In our globalized world, "neighbours" extends to those we know are in crisis; As worshippers of our God of Love, we share this love in word and in action; We've been given much, so we share what we have; There are more refugees globally today than ever before; The needs are overwhelming; The Syrian civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time with more than half of the population of Syria either refugees or internally displaced.
In light of this, First Vancouver CRC is eager to meet, support and work alongside the ISSofBC Welcome Centre. We are grateful for continuing opportunities to build relationships with both refugees and staff.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), each year 35 million people are forced to flee their homelands to escape persecution, war, or severe human rights abuses. Often these people can never return home and nearly one third are officially recognized as refugees.