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First News | May 26, 2021

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Ministry Partner Highlight: Kinbrace

The Kinbrace community welcomes refugee claimants with housing, education, and support. Hospitality for those on the move in search of protection is one of the defining features of this community launched by Grandview Baptist Church in 1998. The COVID-19 pandemic slammed borders shut and decreased international travel, globally affecting asylum seekers’ quest for safety. Pray for them. More privileged people can travel, and we are grateful for the arrival from Costa Rica of Suzannah and David Nacho, creating an unexpected bond between First Baptist Church as David (one of the co-founders of Kinbrace) takes the lead as Director of Street Ministries and Suzannah joins Kinbrace’s staff team as the Community Coordinator. And there is more: Ben Ewert – recently hired as Minister of Worship for First Church – and his wife Krista with children Jakob, Ella, and Audrey arrived from the UK to Kinbrace on 23 May 2021 to live as host community members providing 24/7 hospitable presence with Rachel and Ben Kavanagh, the other host community family already in place. Refugee claimants have always benefited from the welcoming spirit of the First Baptist Church community (through volunteers, First Baptist Foundation, prayers), but never has it been quite so thick….! We step forward with gratitude and anticipation to together share a warm welcome with and for refugee claimants.

Loren Balisky
Director of Engagement

Meet the Kinbrace community:

Becoming Neighbours

Wed, June 10, 7-9pm


For those who are curious, want to hear stories, and learn more about Kinbrace and people seeking refugee protection, check out this wonderful Zoom event! More details here.