Friday after Ash Wednesday, 3 March

LENT 2017

Friday after Ash Wednesday, 3 March

James lives day-to-day relying on the generosity and kindness of others.

03 March 2017

Friday after Ash Wednesday, 3 March

From today’s first reading:

“Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me — to break unjust fetters and undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke, to share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor, to clothe the man you see to be naked and not turn away from your own kin?”

Isaiah 58: 6-7

Over the weeks of Lent, we will introduce you to a number of the refugee friends JRS accompanies. We invite you to walk with them and let their story touch you.

Can you hear the appeal that God makes through them?


James’ Story – Part 3

James lives day-to-day relying on the generosity and kindness of others. He travels from place to place to seek support and a somewhere to rest his head for the night, living in constant uncertainty. James is supported by JRS through our weekly Day Centre, and when we receive donations of food and clothing, we are also able to distribute these to our refugee friends like James.

“Life started changing because they could provide food and clothing – you see how smart I am today? It is not that I have bought the clothes, I have received them from JRS. I thank God for these people and organisations who can help the people like me.” 

Read the next stage of James’ journey tomorrow.


Almsgiving – spring clean your wardrobe!

We all have items in our wardrobe that we no longer wear, but which are still in great condition. Have a clear out of your wardrobe and donate those clothes that you no longer need to help people like James.

Remember – if you’re not wearing it because it’s damaged, please don’t donate it for someone else to wear. The message asylum seekers often receive in this country is that they are not wanted or are disregarded, so we work hard to make sure they feel just the opposite – special and welcome – when they come to JRS UK.

You can recycle torn or worn clothing through textile recycling.

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Jesuit Refugee Service UK
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

020 7488 7310

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