1st Sunday of Lent

LENT 2017

1st Sunday of Lent

It was a normal day at school for Florence, but this was to be her last day at school.

05 March 2017

1st Sunday of Lent
From today’s first reading:

“The Lord fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus man became a living being.”
Genesis 2: 7

Over the weeks of Lent, we are introducing you to a number of the refugee friends JRS accompanies. We invite you to walk with them and share in their living story.

Can you sense the breath of God in their story?


Florence’s Story – Part 1

It was a normal day at school for Florence, who loved school and learning, but this was to be her last day at school. Florence was suspended that day for being gay. News of her suspension, and the reason why, travelled fast amongst the community. The Police arrived at her parent’s house and Florence fled to her grandmothers. Tragically, things got worse.

Uganda is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be gay. It is a criminal offence to be homosexual and homophobic violence is common and legitimised.

Florence was attacked, beaten and sexually abused by numerous men, because she is gay.

“I was very, very scared. In Uganda, when you are a lesbian they don’t allow you to do anything. When they catch you, you’re gonna lose your life. In my heart, I know who I am.”

Read the next stage of Florence’s journey tomorrow.


Share our journey

We’ve received great feedback over the first few days of Lent for these e-mail reflections.

If you would like to share this journey with others, you can invite them to join our journey and sign up to receive these e-mails on the JRS UK website. On the website you will also find the previous days e-mails on the Lent 2017 page.


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020 7488 7310

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