Over the past number of years Providence CanRC has welcomed a number of Karen refugee families into our congregation. The Karen people are an ethnic minority of Burma (now Myanmar) who have been persecuted and displaced from their native homeland, and as a result many fled to refugee camps in Thailand. As we have gotten to know these families, and the broader Karen community in Hamilton and surrounding areas, it has become apparent that there is a great need for extra help in navigating life in Canada and encouragement and discipling in service to our Lord Jesus and service in His churches.
In Providence we were blessed to have the Horlings family – Richard and Semula – who are members of the Karen community as Semula herself grew up in one of the Karen refugee camps. They felt a strong calling to help this community in word and deed as mentioned by the apostle Paul in Colossians 3. It’s in that spirit that Providence Council approved the initiative to hire them to provide this discipling and encouragement in the Karen community that they may grow in faith and service to Christ.
We are thankful for our neighbouring churches that have partnered with us in this project – specifically Trinity CanRC (Glanbrook), Cornerstone CanRC (Hamilton), and Zion URC (Sheffield) and we hope that with the Lord’s blessing we can see this work grow and bear fruit to his glory.
Please pray for the Horlings as they do this work in service to our Lord and God, that he may bless them and give them all they need to be a rich blessing to the Karen people.
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