The Kenaans – an Update

December 25th, 2016 by Patsy Lewis

End of the Year Kenaan Family Update

December 22, 2015 was the day of arrival of the Kenaan family to Digby. It has been an interesting and blessing filled year. When the idea was presented of helping a refugee family, there was mixed emotions of the unknown, but knowing that it was the right thing, we moved forward. The Kenaans have certainly blessed us with their move to Digby. We have made very strong connections with each family member. Two parents that were brave enough to move 6 children across countries, just to have a safe home and future. We commend their ability to do what was necessary for their family.
Shekrallah and Rima are doing well in English classes and are making more independent connections in the community. They have been introduced to all professionals (doctors, dentists, banking, employment counsellors, YMCA outreach) and have made many friends, including local translators. The four oldest children are doing well in school. Supports are in place where needed. Molham has been enrolled three days per week at the pre-school and attends the other two days at Family Resource Centre. As well, supports are in place to help transition him to the elementary school in September 2017. Saadallah continues at the Family Resource Centre while his parents attend class…
The Kenaans have been very busy attending various community events (Christmas tree lighting, meeting Santa, a few Christmas parties, and friends’ invitations). In recognition of their one year in Canada, the team surprised the family with a visit on December 22, 2016. It was a true celebration of carols, fellowship and sharing of food, with gifts for each family member.
The team had the opportunity to participate in a webinar December 19 titled: ‘Moving Ahead….Past the 13th month’. We have been blessed with the continued support through information provided on how to move forward.
Shekrallah continues to wait for surgery on his leg so he can then look towards employment. The team has decided to continue to support the Kenaans for the next six months. The Kenaans will continue to participate in English classes and work towards being active members of the community.
The team has also decided that this will be the last public update of the Kenaan family. They deserve their private life and now can willingly share on their own. We pray that Digby will continue to be welcoming and helpful to them, and we will continue to be emotional supports.
We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all the supporting churches. We appreciated your contributions, prayers and active interest. To the general public, from helping to ready Grace House to dropping off supplies and continuing support this whole year, we thank you. To all the professionals that have come on board through education, employment, medical, dental and social activities, job well done! To all team members, “Blessings for you ahead”, “It’s been a God-driven year” Thank you so much!
God has led us on His journey with the Kenaans (pushing, prodding and always encouraging) All glory and praise belongs to Our Father
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
May God’s rich blessings be with you in 2017.
The Hill Grove United Baptist Church Refugee Sponsor Core Team

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