It’s always a pleasure to receive news from Pastor Greg Brawn from Byron United. Here’s the latest happy update:
Our fifth Syrian family arrived in London on Family Day – very appropriate!
So we now have all of our families here, except the one husband [has been separated from the family] for two years. We have word he could be with us in the coming weeks.
Perhaps in March, we will have a gathering for all five families and anyone else who wants to drop in to connect with them.
You and others involved in the “London-wide” coordination project are certainly welcome!
Lori Baldwin Sands of the First United Church Refugee Committee wrote to tell me that they are preparing for the arrival of a Syrian family in the next few weeks.
It is a family of five. Mother and father and three young sons, ages 9, 7 and six months.
A couple of months ago, I wrote here about a group called Artemis, a group of seven London-area women who got together to do a sponsorship. My contact, Anne Marie Madziak, writes to say that they have finally been matched, by the Blend Visa Office Referred program, with a family of six.
As luck would have it, it’s a family with four sons! As Anne Marie says, “It will be quite the adventure — for all concerned”.The father and mother are in their forties, the sons are 20, 15, 13 and 6.
The Artemis group is expecting their family by the end of this month.
A word of thanks is due to the Mennonite Central Committee, which, as the Sponsorship Agreement Holder, steered the process along so successfully.