WOW Ambassador:Pastor Nova Musafiri
Nominator: Tblets Tesfalidet Tesfamariam

The Circle of Hope

Tblets Tesfalidet Tesfamariam will never forget December 8, 2016, the day she arrived in Ottawa. As she came down the escalator at Ottawa airport, she was greeted by her sister, Tgisti and members of the sponsorship group from the Grace Communion International Church of Ottawa-Gatineau, including Pastor Nova Musafiri. Pastor Nova pointed to the large picture of Ottawa and said “can you believe you are here now!” For the first time in many years she felt safe. 

Tblets had spent five years as a refugee in Sudan after fleeing her homeland of Eritrea, a country that had been at war with Ethiopia. “Life was very difficult in Shegerab Camp, because I couldn’t work and scraped by on what the UN provided,” explains Tblets. 

The church had sponsored Tgisti and her family a few years ago and finally Tblets was joining them. “As a family we cannot express our gratitude in words for what the church has done for us and particularly pastor Nova Musafiri who played a big role in our sponsorship and settlement,” says Tblets. Pastor Nova and his church did not know us befor