Note: This is a re-print of an article that appeared in the Chesterville Record on July 22nd, 2015. Click here for the original article.
Church to support Syrian refugees
Members of the general public and of Williamsburg United Church, through an initiative of the Seaway Valley Presbytery, gathered in the Winchester Springs United Church recently, which they share, to hear about the plight of Syrian refugees and how they can sponsor a family to come to Canada.
Rev. Feras Shammas, Minister at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Morrisburg, and his wife Reine Boghos, who holds a degree in theology, are from Syria themselves. Rev. Shammas presented their information and understanding about the people who are seeking to leave the war-torn country. He spoke of the dangers to ordinary people living there, the destruction of infrastructure and violence.
The attendees then enjoyed dinner cooked by chef Harvey Blais, who used Boghos’ Syrian recipes. The dinner was part of the presbytery member’s ongoing fundraising drive.
They have agreed to raise funds to support a Syrian refugee family, which they estimate will cost about $30,000. They raised $1,543 that evening and with some additional funds coming in expect their total to be closer to $1,700. This is the first in a planned series of fundraisers which will be announced.