The Diocese of Kootenay has been a Sponsorship Agreement Holder in partnership with the Federal government since 2003.  There had not been a great deal of interest or action with regard to refugee sponsorship until the fall of 2015.  At that time due to the Syrian refugee crisis a number of communities responded to the need to provide people seeking refuge a safe place to resettle.  During the following year continuing to date, parishes within the Diocese and in the Territory of the People, and in collaboration with other churches and community groups, have welcomed over 70 newcomers to Canada.  People from Syria, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar and Ethiopia have found refuge in places such as Kimberley, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Williams Lake, Castlegar, Nelson and Tatla Lake.  We are awaiting more newcomers and hope that this ministry will continue for years to come as the number of displaced people in our world grows on a daily basis.  This is an important and life changing ministry that we as a Diocese are called to engage in along with 12 other Dioceses in the Anglican Church in Canada.