Ever since the start of the conflict in Syria, many Armenian families have fled to Lebanon and surrounding countries to avoid the atrocities committed as a result of war. Several of these families have applied for immigration to Canada. We have been collaborating with an organization in Montreal called “Hay Doun” which has worked with the Canadian government to obtain immigration rights for refugees from Syria.
As they arrive in Montreal, they are faced with many challenges including language, transportation, finding work, unfamiliar surroundings and regulations, and so much more.
We are helping the arriving families in the following ways:
- Welcoming them at the airport;
- Offering moral, spiritual and psychological support;
- Providing temporary housing for 1-2 weeks in our church complex;
- Orienting the families towards integration into our city life (ex: administrative support, transportation, schooling, learning the language, finding work, etc.);
- Helping them to find affordable apartments and sometimes assisting with initial months of rent;
- Providing basic used furnishings (ex. Stoves, fridges, sofas, tables and chairs);
- Providing affordable new mattresses;
- Warm winter clothing (winter jackets/boots/hats);
- Continue to encourage and assist them during adaptation difficulties (ex: culture, climate, etc.).
On December 10, 2015, we were also accepted in the Montreal community as an official food bank and with the collaboration of the organization Moisson Montreal, we are now distributing boxes of groceries to approximately 250 families every two weeks.
As the needs of these families were manifested, God was also faithful to equip and provide us with various means to display in a tangible way His love. Many have already contributed, some with volunteering their time, others by donating material goods and money. Without this help, none of the work we are doing right now can be possible.
We would like to ask you to partner with us in prayer for the following:
- Interceding for the people that we are helping, not only for their physical needs to be met, but that through this ministry the light of the gospel may touch the lives of many;
- Asking for the Lord’s provision to be able to have the ongoing funds needed to continue this ministry.