“Start spreading the news,
I’m leaving today!”
She’s finally going to be a part of it—part of a world beyond that of a refugee. Thousands of Karen refugees from Myanmar are waiting to be part of a world outside what they’ve known for nearly two decades—a world of isolation, poverty, Jesus said, “I tell you hopelessness and fear.
the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
The Canadian government has said “yes!” to 800 Karennis refugees living in Thailand—and they’re more than ready to leave. All they need is someone to help them make it here.
Some Karen refugees have already arrived as government-sponsored refugees. Three more families will come to Canada thanks to two enthusiastic Christian Reformed churches, and the government has promised more families will be referred to private sponsors.
3475 Mainway PO Box 5070 STN LCD 1 Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8 1-800-730-3490 Fax: 905-336-8344 www.crwrc.org
Please consider sponsoring a Karen refugee family through CRWRC and Diaconal Ministries Canada.
While waiting for your referral, you can use the time to investigate community cultural resources, raise money for helping a family get settled in Canada, begin paperwork and look for potential housing. Not ready to sponsor a refugee family? Hold an offering instead to help a church that will soon welcome a Karen family to their new homeland. To sponsor a refugee, or to receive refugee resource materials contact Rose Dekker or Moses Moini at CRWRC 1-800-730-3490. Or visit www.crwrc.org for more information today.
2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49560 1-800-55-CRWRC Fax: 616-224-0806 www.crwrc.org
CRWRC is an agency of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). To learn about the CRC’s work in North America and around the world, visit www.crcna.org.
PHOTO: THAILAND / KAREN REFUGEES FROM MYANMAR/ A GROUP OF GIRLS HEAD HOME AFTER SCHOOL, UMPIEM CAMP / UNHCR / D. LOM / JUNE 2005