Norm Sowden (second from right), from the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church, sits with four members of the Azhar family in this picture taken on a recent visit to Thailand. From left are Elisha, Asyia, Eshaan and Arish. (Submitted photo)

Norm Sowden (second from right), from the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church, sits with four members of the Azhar family in this picture taken on a recent visit to Thailand. From left are Elisha, Asyia, Eshaan and Arish. (Submitted photo)

Canada Day breakfast in Mill Bay raising money for refugees

The event will also feature a bake sale

The Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship Church is holding a fundraising strawberry pancake breakfast on Canada Day.

The breakfast will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 2095 Dickson Rd, Mill Bay (corner of the Trans-Canada Highway and Butterfield and Dickson roads) on Friday, July 1.

The event will also feature a bake sale including pies, cakes, bread, rolls, cookies, squares, cupcakes and more.

The pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for the church’s legal fund. The church is appealing a decision by Immigration Canada turning down an application to bring a Christian Pakistani family to this country. The church has been working to bring the family to Canada from Thailand, where they are currently fleeing religious persecution.

The Azhar family was forced to flee their native Pakistan a number of years ago because they hid pastor Sarfraz Sagar, the religious leader at that country’s Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, which they attended, in their home due to fear for Sagar’s life from Muslim militants.

The family’s visitor’s visa in Thailand has expired, and they cannot officially work in the country.

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