100% of the funds will go to support refugees.

Our goal is to raise $500,000 to support 20 refugee families!
Raised: $166,968
Goal: $500,000

Last updated: 2021 09 22

In God's wisdom, he prompted us about a year ago to set up a committee and a separate charity to help Afghan Christians come to Canada, so we are ready to go and already have families on the way. Come join us, let's see how many we can bring to Canada! The committee has agreed to increase our original goal of $100,000 (before the crisis) to $500,000! This will allow us to bring more Afghan Christian refugees to Canada.

Give to the refugee fund online
Other ways to give

By e-transfer (EMT)

Send to afghanchurchofgta@gmail.com, along with another email indicating the password. Include your full name and address in the notes to receive a tax receipt in 2022.


By cheque

Cheques made payable to the Afghan Church of the GTA can be sent to Jesus Network, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1P4 and we will deliver the cheque to ACGTA, or contact Pastor Obed directly at afghanchurchofgta@gmail.com. Please include your full name and address (if not already on the cheque itself) to receive a tax receipt in 2022.


By bank transfer

Contact afghanchurchofgta@gmail.com for details.

A call for help from Pastor Obed

Join us for a Q&A Info Session on October 4

Join us for a Q&A information session and ask your questions about refugee sponsorship.


The Panel:

  • Pastor Obed leads the ACGTA and is a Jesus Network staff worker. Obed was himself a religious refugee to Canada. Read Obed's testimony
  • Dr. Mike is a retired missionary and current volunteer worker with the Jesus Network. He is part of a group sponsoring a refugee family, and is on the ACGTA refugee sponsorship committee. Learn more about Mike.
  • Shawn leads the Jesus Network. The Jesus network reaches out to and advocates for immigrants and refugees in Toronto. Learn more about Shawn.
  • More panelists may be added later

Event information:

Zoom webinar on Monday, October 4, 7 p.m. ET (4 PT / 5 MT / 6 CT / 8 AT / 8:30 NT)

Pre-registration is required. You will receive a unique link for the Zoom event when you register. (Don't share your link.)
Register now for Q&A Info Session
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An Afghan Christian refugee's testimony

Obed's interview and testimony

With Todd Gale and Steve Bradley on the Get Up & Go Show on Life 100.3

What else can I do?

Pray!

Please pray together with us for our brothers and sisters:

  • To find safe shelter
  • Their practical needs and provisions such as food and clothing
  • The application process and approval for refugee status
  • Families to be reconciled together
Spread the word

Share this webpage: https://jesusnetwork.ca/afghanrefugees/

Volunteer
Filing paperwork is a time-consuming but necessary process in refugee sponsorship. Contact Obed (obed@jesusnetwork.ca) if you have a mind for processes and detail, and can help with filling in forms and submitting paperwork.
Sponsor a family

Does your church want to sponsor a refugee? Contact us to learn more about how to sponsor refugees in Canada.

Practical goods

Hold on to items such as furniture, housewares and appliances, vehicles, etc. that you can donate to refugee families when they arrive to help them settle into life in Canada.

Give to the refugee fund
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Who are we?

Afghan Church of the GTA

The Afghan Church of the GTA is (to our knowledge) the first Afghan church in Canada. Led by Pastor Obed, it holds regular worship services and meetings in Mississauga and Scarborough (now online due to COVID). ACGTA is a separate charity and entity from The Jesus Network. The Jesus Network works in close partnership with Obed in supporting the ACGTA and its outreach to Afghans, Iranians, and Tajiks who live in the GTA beyond the Jesus Network's main neighbourhoods of focus.

Donations given online through CanadaHelps will be disbursed to ACGTA; and receipted by CanadaHelps. Donations given directly to the ACGTA will be receipted by the ACGTA.

Refugee Committee

The refugee committee is made up of local Christian leaders whose hearts yearn for our brothers and sisters who are facing persecution in Afghanistan because of their faith. The committee was formed to assist the ACGTA and give direction to the church's refugee sponsorship ministry. Currently sitting on the committee are (alphabetical by surname):