|The number of people displaced in the world has not been this high since World War II. The magnitude of the crisis has resulted in a renewal of interest in refugees among political leaders, community groups and individuals.|
First Mennonite has a long history of sponsoring refugee families overseas, and of welcoming refugees who arrive in the community without sponsors.
We are currently partnering with two other congregations to sponsor a high-needs Syrian family, who we anticipate will arrive sometime in winter 2015-2016. Come back later to check on our progress!
Click here to watch a 17 minute documentary released by the UK newspaper "The Guardian", detailing one Syrian refugee family's journey to safety in Germany.
As of November 2015, these are the most recent figures detailing displaced populations according to the United Nations Refugee Agency:
Click here to visit the Mennonite Central Committee Canada website, where you can find out more about MCC's humanitarian efforts in Syria and Iraq, and find out how you can contribute.
Click here to visit the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support website, and find out how you can get involved. MCRS provides support to refugees who arrive in Kitchener without sponsors.
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Click here to read “The borders of the New Jerusalem, and ours,” by Jamie Pitts from The Mennonite (which offers an American perspective).