Kate shares her most recent experience of offering hospitality for friends of JRS in the UK
How do you know an evening event has gone well? When you spend all night doing the washing up and everyone brings their plates in saying how delicious the food was! Last week, we were pleased to welcome here a mixture of people to a meal cooked by one of our JRS refugee partners. It was our way of saying thank you to those who help sustain the work of JRS in various ways: as donors, supporters, advisors, volunteers…
Eating together is not unusual at JRS, we do it most lunchtimes: simple bread, cheese, salad, fruit… but this meal was special with tchep rice, spicy harissa chicken, chocolate mousse. All prepared by one of our refugee friends who is completing his training as a chef at a college in London. The occasion gave him a chance to articulate the importance of being accompanied by JRS in his chosen course and for us to appreciate how we all grow together, here in community.
One guest said: “It was a delicious meal and so beautifully presented; it was great to see so many people who love and support our JRS; and it was good to have the chance to have deeper conversations with the people we were sitting near… I know that many people have been enabled to find their dignity and to give them hope through the continuous presence of JRS in their lives.”
So here’s to many more occasions to celebrate our journeys together, to sit around the table sharing joy in life and to taste delicious food – cheers!