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LOVING GOD, LOVING PEOPLE: SYRIAN REFUGEES

By April 17, 2016 No Comments

(Fake names) Nora, a Christian Syrian refugee (left) who lives next to Salma (right), a Sunni Muslim refugee from Karm el Zeitoun in Syria, sit beside each other, in Al Qaa, Lebanon.

R and M are Christian Syrian refugees living in Jordan since 2012.

One day they will read this post. We want them to know then that we embraced them now, even before we met them.

We’ve called them “R and M” to protect their privacy and security.

Faces of Damascus

R and his wife M grew up in Damascus.

Four years ago they left everything to flee the bombings. They made their way to Jordan where they were interned in a refugee camp. Even in these “safe havens,” the lives of Christians are precarious.

Because of their Christian faith they had to leave the refugee camp. They were taken in by Jordanian Christians while they awaited the opportunity to start a new life.

Calling On God For Help

Syrian Christian refugees literally have nowhere to go.
They cannot return home.
They cannot stay in Jordan.

R and M called on God for help.

We can be the answer to their prayer and help them start their new life here in Edmonton.

North Pointe has a history of generosity. Its who we are. Its who we’ll be for R and M.generous

How You Can Help To Provide A Safe Place For R and M

R and M are both 31 years old. R has experience in gold and jewellery as well as carpentry, M in business management and accounting. Neither is able to legally work in Jordan – R picks up odd jobs as he can and M volunteers with a humanitarian organization.

Their immigration process will likely take nine months before its completed.

Bringing R and M to Canada is not something a few of us can accomplish – we will all need to pull together to help them.

Teamwork Needed

Over the next several months you’ll be invited to volunteer in various ways and donate money and household and personal items to provide for their first year here.

We plan to raise approximately $36,000 in cash and gift-in-kind donations.

We need help to secure housing, transportation, ESL training, job training and employment. Mostly we need people who will love on them and be willing to support them emotionally.

They will be one more family that can “come as they are” and experience the grace of unconditional love at North Pointe.

APPLICATION: Please leave a comment below for R and M that they can read in the future. Go to our Support Page to sign up for volunteering and to donate towards R and M’s support.  Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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