World Refugee Week June 12-16, 2023 

"You're here to be a light!" 

This year's theme for reflection ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20th is, "Be the Light."

Our Canadian context is beautifully mixed with people from various countries around the world. The world is on our doorstep.  As people continue to relocate for economic, socio-political, and other reasons, what exciting opportunities exist for the EMCC and the Canadian church? We can reach out in friendship, offering community, and varying levels of support depending on their journey. "You're here to be a light," (Matt. 5:16, MSG). We have the privilege of journeying alongside these folks in relationship, demonstrating the love of Jesus. "Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven" (Matt.5:16, MSG). We don't want to hide that light. We're light-bearers on a mission. 

Inspiring stories

We are excited to share a series of stories about the power of building reciprocal relationships with newcomers. Throughout this week, we will be featuring different individuals who have generously dedicated their time to be in proximity with those who are new to their community. From helping newcomers navigate the challenges of settling in a new country, to sharing their own experiences and culture, these volunteers have created meaningful connections and encourage us to do the same. Join us as we celebrate the incredible impact and emphasize the importance of building welcoming communities for everyone.

We'll be populating this space with daily stories June 12 - 16. Thanks for following along with us!

Day 1: An Encouragement to 'Be the Light', introducing this week's theme and telling the story of volunteers at Nova Church in Surrey BC extending relationship to newcomers. 

Day 2: 'Keep Open House', reflections and prayer from Lucy Chiamiti, Executive Director of Adam House. 

Day 3: 'On a Stand, Not Under a Bucket', listen to an audio interview with J&R as they consider the proximity they have the privilege to share with new neighbors moving into their small-town context. 

Day 4: 'Give Glory to God', read an account from those recently settled in Canada, with help from one of our EMCC churches. 

Day 5: 'Be Generous with Your Life', hearing from one of our EMCC recognized workers and considering opportunities for further engagement. 

Prayer Summit

Prayer Summit June 16

Mark World Refugee Day in Your Church June 18


World Refugee Day Visual Resources available here.

Additional Resources

EMCC's Sponsorship Overview 


Prayer Guide

UNHCR Link to World Refugee Day 

Panel Discussion: Welcoming the Newcomer in Our Midst

A Look Back at Prior Years' stories

"Ready to Share" Theme

"Fitted Together" Theme

"In Step" Theme