Wednesday of the 2nd week of Lent, 15 March

LENT 2017

Wednesday of the 2nd week of Lent, 15 March

15 March 2017

Wednesday of the 2nd week of Lent, 15 March

From today’s gospel reading:

“…anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”

Matthew 20: 26-28


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 serve alongside them.

How will you serve God today?


Mourad’s Story – Part 4

After his asylum application was refused, Mourad was street homeless for nearly four years. He describes this period of his life as feeling ‘hopeless’, but continuing on.

“I feel very bad [when I was on the streets], because you don’t have anything, everyday, you live out of bag and you have to find somewhere to change.”

Mourad survived thanks to the kindness and generosity of individuals and organisations. One organisation allowed him to shower and wash his clothes regularly.

Read the next stage of Mourad’s journey tomorrow.

Organise a collection

We distribute toiletry packs to our refugee friends once a month. The toiletry packs are welcomed by our friends and they are highly sought after. Toiletry packs include: shampoo, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush and sanitary towels.

Could you organise a toiletry collection in your school or Parish?

We would ask that all items should be new or as new. The best thing to do is ask yourself you would like to receive this or be happy to give this to a relative or friend? If not, then we would also prefer not to have them either. 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.

Remember to contact JRS UK before sending your donations. Small organisations, like JRS UK, often struggle for space to store and organise donations, before they are distributed

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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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