THANK YOU!! for all the very generous support from everyone at Kingsway, we exceeded our goal! The Kingsway-Mimico Compassion Team is presently at the Lighthouse Project in the Dominican Republic! The amount of school supplies and dolls was overwhelming, we almost couldn't bring it all! Please continue to pray for us this week as we are working and learning with the people of Los Alcarrizos. For daily updates, check out the blog
Kingsway Baptist is privileged to be the sponsors of a young Muslim family from Syria. They arrived in Canada in the middle of February 2016 and were immediately settled in an apartment not far from the church. The family is a young couple with two young children (2 years old and a 6 month old baby upon arrival). They came to us from Jordan where they had spent several years as refugees, having left southern Syria.
Kingsway had decided to ask to sponsor a family who had a member with a disability because we had been told these families have a harder time getting sponsored. The disability in the case of our family is a congenital heart defect of the baby. The family had many medical appointments and finally on April 6, 2016, the little baby had six-hour open heart surgery at Sick Kids Hospital. The baby has fully recovered and is now developing into a thriving toddler.
We have been thankful for all the donations of money, furnishings, clothing and other items which have enabled us to settle this family very comfortably. The parents arrived in Canada without a word of English and the focus is now on them learning English to allow them to be self-sufficient. The church will continue to support them throughout 2017 as they strive to learn English and eventually enter job training. As we are now able to communicate in rudimentary English, we are hopeful that by the summer of 2017 they will be able to turn their focus to obtaining job training.