Global Connections

Globally, Highlands is involved specifically with helping women and children in Guatemala, as well as providing support for refugees from around the world. Through affiliation with the United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund, Highlands is involved in other global projects.

Guatemala Outreach

Highlands United Church is a partner with the Women’s Sector and the Esmenta School in Guatemala. In addition, for over six years, Sharon Yetman, a member of the Highlands United Church congregation and Healing Hands practitioner, has led a Healing Pathway delegation to Guatemala. Highlands has also hosted the director of “Maya Skills” in Guatemala, who shared his story and sold jewellery handcrafted by women whose husbands, sons, and other family members were victims of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996). Contact Sharon Yetman for more information about Highlands’s Guatemalan connections.

Click here to read the report prepared by the Healing Hands Canadian delegation to Guatemala in April 2016

Refugee Sponsorship

Highlands Refugee Committee is a volunteer group within Highlands United Church which helps to lead and involve our congregation in opportunities to sponsor, settle and assist refugees to Canada. At times we may also work in partnership with other churches or co-sponsor with families or community associations. Since 1979 we have welcomed newcomers from 10 different countries.  From 2015 to 2020 our sponsorships include Ethiopian, Syrian and Iranian individuals and families.

In keeping with Highlands vision to take action to seek peace, justice and healing, sharing our time, ministry and money and to reach beyond ourselves, the Refugee Committee helps members of our congregation take direct action to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

We raise money to financially support refugees for a typical one year sponsorship. We secure housing, obtain furniture, transit passes, ensure language education/school enrollment, connect with medical/dental services, assist with government forms and connect with the wider community.  We spend a great deal of time in social support – orienting newcomers to Canadian customs, traditions, currency, conversation, geography, volunteer opportunities and, most importantly, making friendships and strengthening bonds to their new community.

Please contact Highlands United Church if you would like to be part of this interesting, fun and rewarding work.
Email:  Phone:  604-980-6071

Mission and Service Fund

The National Division of The United Church of Canada has a Mission and Service Fund that is supported by most United Church congregations across Canada. The pooled funds support overseas and Canadian missions with a scope that could not be attained if we acted alone. United, our contribution to the needy people of the world is remarkable.