CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — The Charlie Lake Church’s core group of sponsors will be hosting two families of Syrian refugees, due to arrive in the Peace Region at the end of February, into the beginning of March.
The Church first looked into the possibility of sponsoring refugees in November 2015, inquiring among its members to gauge interest in the idea. Evidently, interest was strong — Pastor Alfred Reschke told Energetic City their vote last Thursday night was unanimously in favour of the endeavour.
“We have a core group in place, and are looking at moving full steam ahead,” he said, adding that now it is in the hands of teh core group’s leaders to help organize accommodation and other necessities for their incoming families.
The core group will sponsor the families for a one year term. After that, the families will take care of themselves.
Following the migration of refugees to bigger Canadian city centres, Reschke is happy to see smaller communities in Northern B.C. making strides to accommodate refugees in their communities as well. Nearby, Fort Nelson is another community with a strong initiative to sponsor at least one family.
Anyone looking to donate either time or finances to the cause can contact the Charlie Lake Church to inquire.