In 2018, South West welcomed three former refugee families to settle into Ōtautahi Christchurch. The families came through a pilot refugee resettlement programme called Community Sponsorship. Twenty-five people had the opportunity to come to Aotearoa through this pilot, and they were met and welcomed by community groups in Christchurch, Nelson, Timaru and Hamilton.
There is another opportunity coming up soon. We expect that there will be a call for sponsors from September 2021 onwards. We as a church have to decide if we want to sponsor again. Please talk to your friends, neighbours and contacts and get in touch to learn more.