MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Ananias Mission connects Americans to Canadians to Syrians to faith communities worldwide. We are working to lovingly and compassionately support refugees. It can be hard to know how to respond to this terrible genocide, but working together, we can make a difference and save lives.DONATE NOW
God gives the desolate a home to dwell in; He leads the prisoners to prosperity
We are responding to the Syrian refugee crisis by helping refugees as they go through the resettlement process. We are working to educate our communities to help them understand the crisis and to inspire compassionate action. We build direct networks between Americans and the Canadians who are sponsoring refugees, as well as personal contact with Syrian refugee families as they move to safe countries where they can live and worship freely.
In 2014, a Syrian family arrived in Pittsburgh, filed for asylum for religious persecution, and began to build a new life. Because of their Christian faith, their home was no longer safe for them and they could no longer live freely. They settled into life in Cranberry Township, and found friends, community, and jobs. Their two young sons enrolled in a local elementary school and are thriving there.
They missed Syria, but America was quickly becoming home. Their biggest worry was the situation that their family members still in Syria were facing. People they knew and loved had been kidnapped, tortured, and even murdered. Their family members regularly heard bombings, snipers were occasionally active in their neighborhoods, and some lived only ten miles away from territory held by armed extremist groups.
There was no way to bring the family members to the United States. Canada, however, allows for private sponsorship of applications for refugee relief. A Catholic diocese in Ontario, Saint Catharines, is sponsoring twenty three Syrians in five family units. These people are the parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews of the Syrian family in Cranberry Township. Churches and individuals in Pittsburgh and all across the country have come together to raise funds to assist Saint Catharines in the sponsorship.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope
Although our work was initially limited to helping twenty three Syrians find freedom and safety, we have a tremendous opportunity to continue helping people. There are many Canadian churches that would be able to sponsor more refugees if they had the resources. We are in a position to raise support and help make this possible. The Syrian crisis has been called a genocide and the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II. It can be hard to know how to make a difference, but we are blessed to have a way to bring people together.