Alliance Justice and Compassion resources and promotes the local and global ministries of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada that seek to bring wholeness and well-being to people made vulnerable by circumstances of poverty, disaster, and injustice. May the stories and thoughts inspire the reader to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Since becoming a National Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) in 2012, as of December 2018, the C&MA in Canada, on behalf of 104 local churches, had submitted applications to resettle 776 individuals. This includes churches in our partner denominations who the C&MA is also serving.*
Since becoming a local SAH in 2010, First Alliance Church in Calgary have assisted 31 Alberta churches (16 Alliance) with applications to settle 526 individuals. Combined, 1,302 individuals have found refuge in Canada through the ministry of 135 local churches in this eight-year chapter of our story.
We celebrate the fact that some churches have formed groups of churches/agencies to work together, like Cobourg/Port Hope Better Together in order to sponsor multiple families.
*Denominational partners are the Evangelical Missionary Church, Fellowship Baptist, and Associated Gospel Church.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Sunday, March 19, 2017
|Preparing for a distribution|
|Nutrition and infant feeding instruction|
|Mosquito net instruction|
of the village of Mandawa testified, |
“With this intervention in my village, even the health of our children has improved!”
As well as 'giving fish' we are also committed to 'teaching people to fish' as the old adage says. We have invested in many programs over the last 10 years that focus on agricultural livelihood training.
The most recent program was a three-year program that ended in the fall of 2016. The ALFARI program worked with 900 farmers (600 women and 300 men). The program focused on a variety of areas:
- Conservation Agriculture training along with:
- Sustainable agricultural technique training
- Improved seed distribution
- Improved seed production
- Improved seed boutique creation
- Field school demonstration farms established
- Farmer exchange sisits
- Tree nurseries
|Training in new farming techniques|
|Digging zai holes to prepare for planting|
|Improved seed provides a greater harvest|
|Observing the new crop|
|Tree nursery planting|
- Vegetable gardening training, including:
- Tree planting
- Women's exchange visits
- Cash crop generation
|Vegetable gardens provide added nutrition for families |
and money for household needs when sold
|An exchange visit to another village provides motivation |
for these women to start their own gardens.
- Household Nutrition instruction including:
- Soap making
- Mud stove introduction
- Infant feeding practices
|Demonstration of more fuel efficient stoves |
that will use less wood and burn more safely.
|Learning to make soap|
- Cash for Work
- Land reclamation initiatives
- Tree planting
- Zai hole and demi-lune contruction
- Gabion box construction to stop soil erosion
|Gabion boxes to combat soil erosion|
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
|Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan|
The C&MA's response. What have we been doing?
- We have been a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada since February 2012, encouraging Alliance churches to engage in refugee sponsorship.
- We have supported Syrian refugee relief in Lebanon, Jordan, and with the Alliance church in Damascus over the last 2 ½ years.
- Joanne Beach traveled to Lebanon and Jordan in December 2013 to visit refugees both in and outside the camps that local Alliance churches have been ministering to. Read Blog Post
- As a SAH, we are part of the Canadian SAH Association and have been working through this network to advocate on behalf of refugees.
- We partnered with Lorna Dueck’s Context show last fall on the "Terror in Iraq and Syria" episode. The C&MA was the contact organization for viewers to call who were interested in refugee sponsorship. View the episode.
- Dave Hearn traveled to Iraq in October 2014 and subsequently made a video to encourage churches to respond with radical hospitality to the displaced impacted by the crises in the Middle East. View the Video. (His challenge comes at the 2:50 point in the video.)
- In May 2015, Dave Hearn participated with other denominational presidents, who are part of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), in a meeting with Citizenship and Immigration in Ottawa to encourage the Government of Canada to accept more Syrian refugees. They also committed to assist their local churches with sponsorship.
- As a result of the EFC initiative, we will be serving as the umbrella SAH for three other denominations in order that their local churches can engage in sponsorship immediately while they go through the application process of becoming a SAH. (Associated Gospel Church of Canada, Evangelical Missionary Church Of Canada, and Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada.)
- We have added the Refugee Sponsorship section on the new C&MA website.
- We have established a Refugee Fund so people can donate to a sponsorship resettlement. This fund is a safety reserve for sponsoring groups to apply for unexpected financial emergencies outside of the resettlement budget.
- We have promoted refugee sponsorship through a variety of the Alliance Justice and Compassion social media sites.
Okay, My Church Wants to Respond.
What can I do?
- Pray for the millions of refugees, for relief efforts of churches and aid agencies in the Middle East and Europe, and for churches in Canada assisting refugees in resettlement.
- Provide funds to the C&MA Syria Emergency Relief Fund Donations to this fund will be used to provide relief for refugees in the Middle East and Europe.
- Provide funds to the C&MA Refugee Fund. Donations to this fund will be used to assist churches in Canada that are sponsoring refugees.
- Learn how your church can Participate in refugee sponsorship.
- Partner with a church in your area that is sponsoring a refugee family.