We remember
Immigration | Opinion

We remember

Every November 11, memories come storming through my mind about World War II. No, I was not on the battlegrounds; we lived in the Netherlands, where Canadian soldiers came to help to set our country free. For this great sacrifice, I humbly and sincerely thank them. I was only two years old when the war…

Pleasant Places
Immigration | Opinion

Pleasant Places

A colourful five-by-three-foot map graces my office wall – an impulse buy on a recent shopping trip. For less than $20 I can see all the nations of the world anytime I want. Some are tiny, others vast. There are Far East countries with names hard to pronounce; African countries with new names and old…

Widening the Tribe
Immigration | Media & Culture | Opinion

Widening the Tribe

I started writing columns for Christian Courier (CC) about four years ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I have writing them. Four years of column writing is a pretty puny time-period when one considers that this fine periodical is celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall. As a Dutch immigrant kid in the 1950s…

Dutch Reformed Bingo in Canada
Features | History | Immigration

Dutch Reformed Bingo in Canada

When I was an adolescent in the late-70s and early-80s, Calvinist Contact was the place to find out what was going on, for the Dutch Reformed immigrant community in Canada. CC wrote about the wider world in which we lived. And it shaped our smaller ethnic and religious world. It reflected the ease with which Dutch Reformed folk made connections with each other, figuring out people that they knew in common.

Refugee Rights
Immigration | News | Social Justice

Refugee Rights

In 2017, Nedira Mustefa sought refugee protection at the Canadian border and found herself in solitary confinement in a small cold cell with no blanket and little food in a U.S. prison, without being charged for any crime. Her story is the real-life outcome of something called the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada…

Beyond Bootstraps
Immigration | News | Social Justice

Beyond Bootstraps

When Nabil Saeed* arrived in Vancouver in late 2016, he came full of hope. Having fled his home in Syria in 2013, he spent three years in Turkey awaiting resettlement and was eager to begin rebuilding his life in a safe and stable country. As he describes it, he neither wanted, needed, nor expected a red carpet upon arrival in Canada. What he most dreamed of was opportunity to make a life in a place where he could use his gifts and skills.

Transformational peace for all nations
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Transformational peace for all nations

And as I long for God’s people from all nations to gather peacefully in praise of the Lamb (Rev. 7), I can have a foretaste of that glory by gathering with our newest members from Iran, along with our charter members from the Netherlands and everybody in between. Not just each nation but each individual has “peculiar treasures” that reflect the glory of the Lord.

Month 13: New role for churches after sponsorship year is over
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Month 13: New role for churches after sponsorship year is over

Rietkerk feels that more reflection is needed by Canadians on how to foster refugees into supportive and sustainable communities. “This is a different type of support,” she acknowledges, “and is perhaps more critical than some of the logistics such as food and clothing and housing that support groups really spend a lot of time focusing on in the beginning.”