“Our Father in heaven, may your name be held holy”
Over the weeks of Lent, we will introduce you to a number of the refugee friends JRS accompanies. We invite you to walk alongside them and pray with them.
How does their story inspire you to work for the Kingdom?
Florence’s Story – Part 3
Florence’s faith is hugely important to her, and gradually she began attending church again. She found a community where she was supported and found belonging. A member of the church community showed her some organisations that were able to help and support her, and helped her to make an application for asylum.
“and now I was very very happy, I had a good community and good friends….I was starting my life”
The UK asylum system is complex and tough. Phrases like ‘asylum seeker’, ‘illegal immigrant’, ‘economic migrant’ and ‘refugee’ are often used interchangeably in the mass media and give rise to increasing hostility towards refugees.
The language of the asylum process is confusing and you can quickly jump to assumptions about a person because of the label or classification they have been given by a nameless authority.
The Refugee Council website is a great place to start to inform yourself and others.
Through accompanying refugees, we don’t see the label – we seek to know the person, their likes and dislikes, and in so doing restoring their human dignity.