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The world was shaken in September of 2015 when a heart-wrenching picture of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi dead on a Turkish beach captured headlines.  The Syrian boy was trying to reach Europe - and ultimately Canada - with his family, escaping war, poverty and violence. Canada responded by pledging to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees, a promise that was fulfilled in February of 2016.  Many faith groups and churches participated in fulfilling that pledge and we wanted to check in to see how the process of adjusting to life in Canada has gone for some of these refugees.

George is a part of a church of 80 people that came together to take on an Iraq refugee family. George put his trust in God, knowing He would bring them the right family - so he felt it unnecessary to specify any preferable religious or personal details. The family had been living in Jordan in a camp for the past two years and arrived in Canada on July 14th.

Greg's church sponsored a refugee family that had come from Syria and he had the opportunity to meet them in Beirut before they came to Canada. St. Albert Alliance church came together to support this family. A Facebook page was created where people could donate furniture, toys, etc.

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