Over the years at Tenth, we have been talking about building bigger tables, not higher fences. As we welcome newcomers to Canada seeking asylum and protection, the fences are coming down and the tables are getting bigger. At a recent community lunch, tables in the Lower East Hall at Tenth were full of newcomers and Tenth friends sharing a meal together on a Sunday afternoon. The fare was a fusion of Canadian food and Afghan cuisine, which mirrored those sitting at the tables coming from Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, as well as Mount Pleasant, East Van, Westside and Evening (sites).
As the team was cleaning up, our Global Missions Pastor was approached by a newly arrived Afghan woman who wanted to run up to the front and tell everyone how important the lunch was for her. She said the food was very good, but added, we are all so hungry and so thirsty in our souls for relationships like this, so thank you.
Every lunch participant played an important role in creating community from the team of Afghan men cooking a delicious eggplant dish to the families with children sitting around the table to the kitchen clean up team to Leonard and his team making nutritious and delicious food.
Every person played an important role in creating community - from the team of Afghan men cooking a delicious eggplant dish to the families with children sitting around the table to the kitchen clean up team to our very own Leonard (cooks for many Tenth events) and his team making nutritious and delicious food.
Everybody left their tables with full stomachs and more importantly, satisfied souls.
Tenth is fortunate to have a strong team of volunteers that help secure housing and settlement services for refugee claimants in their first 3-6 months in Canada, while helping provide essentials of life and building community and social integration.
Photo credit Spencer Davis