“ ... We communicate Christ’s love by building bridges, and we have seen people deeply touched by His love.”
Anne Woolger [MTS 1987] remembers the day she found a shivering young girl on the doorstep of Matthew House, a non-profit refugee shelter. “She couldn’t stop shaking,” says Anne. “It was November, and she had on just a blouse. We brought her in and immediately wrapped her in a blanket and made her some tea.”
As a young refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she arrived to Canada with no family and had literally been dumped on the streets of Toronto. Though she was once traumatized and closed-off, she blossomed within the caring community of Matthew House and now is about to graduate from college. The support she received has inspired her to pursue a career in geriatrics.
“Ultimately what we do at Matthew House is show [refugees] love,” says Anne. “They come to see themselves as part of our family. We communicate Christ’s love by building bridges, and we have seen people deeply touched by His love.”
Matthew House has settled over 4,000 refugees from 93 countries since it was founded by Anne in 1998. Anne and her team provide refugees with a warm welcome, meals, shelter and support as they complete the complex legal process of requesting asylum.
The organization has also been a catalyst for the opening of six other Christian-based refugee shelters across Canada. “I see that God had a bigger plan than I did when I first had this vision, which all started while I was a student at Tyndale,” says Anne.