Help a Refugee Couple Shortly to Arrive in Canada
Meet Mina and Armin Khodai, our sponsored couple from Iran. After becoming a Christian, Mina had to leave her family and flee to Turkey. There she met and married Armin, who also became a Christian. They are currently being catechized by Pastor Korsch from Grace Lutheran in Kitchener. He has been working with them for more than a year, communicating through emails and other messaging platforms.
Mina and Armin are designated Convention Refugees and have had all required medical tests. They were expecting travel papers any time when Covid-19 appeared in Turkey. All offices of the UN were shut down along with most public places in the country.
Mina and Armin had been working part time in a local cafe and offered English lessons for children. In the wake of Covid-19 regulations, they lost their meagre income and can now barely pay their rent.
Pastor Krosch and Freidl continue to be in contact with the couple, encouraging them not to loose sight of the fact that God is holding them in His hands--no matter how dire the situation.
As restrictions in Turkey ease, we expect UN offices to open again. Then we have to wait for the Canadian government to permit travelers from overseas to enter Canada.We fully expect that Mina and Armin have to be in quarantine once they arrive. This means that they cannot stay with the Ballabans for the first couple of weeks as previously planned. We will have to find an apartment for them (1 bedroom or bachelor) the minute they receive their travel documents.
Please keep Mina and Armin in your prayers as they count the days until they get permission to leave--and please keep the Refugee Sponsorship Committee in your prayers as we will have to secure a place for them to live within a very tight timeline.
Meanwhile, any gently used household items are always welcome. Please contact Friedl if you have donations in kind and she will add them to her inventory list and store them in the designated area at the church.
Any financial contributions--always welcome--can be made through our offerings designated "Refugee Sponsorship Fund".