Friday of the 5th week of Lent, 23rd March

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Friday of the 5th week of Lent, 23rd March

23 March 2018

Friday of the 5th week of Lent, 23rd March

From Today’s Daily Mass Readings:

“In my anguish I called to the Lord; I cried to God for help.”
Psalm 17

Throughout Lent, we invite you to journey with some of the refugees accompanied by JRS. As we read their stories, we hear their anguish and join with them as they cry to the Lord.

Ufuoma’s Story

Ufuoma’s journey to being granted refugee status is currently ongoing. Although there are times that are very difficult for her, Ufuoma’s faith and personal resilience allows her to remain hopeful in what the future might bring: “My hope is that whatever has a beginning, has an end. I trust God that shortly He is making a way for me and my family to be restored back into the land. To restore our statuses.

When talking to Ufuoma, it was difficult not to be touched by her story and inspired by her determination to move forward. Even when she has been through so much herself, her concern still sat with the hardships faced by others.
We conclude Ufuoma’s story with this prayer she wished to share with us:

Sometimes the journey can be overwhelming so we need the strength to go on. We need that prayer to be restored because we have lost so much and it is like everything has been disintegrating. We pray that during Lent, as people are reading, they should be praying for us. We can be a blessing. When we are stable we can do what is in our hearts. If we don’t get through this, then the dream dies. That is my prayer.
Join us tomorrow where we will introduce Mike, one of our Day Centre volunteers


Having fled their homes, leaving behind families and friends, the ability to keep in contact with people holds huge importance. However, with no income and so many other outgoings to balance, topping up a mobile phone is not always possible. It is easy for us to forget how much we now rely on our mobiles and other technology.

Today we invite you, where possible, to fast from your phone, your laptop or other technology that you use. Throughout the day notice how often you instinctively go to check your phone, to see whether anyone has contacted you. In this time of fasting reflect on how much of a struggle it must be to be unable to contact any friends or family.

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JRS UK are grateful to Ufuoma for sharing her story with us. Please do not reproduce without permission.
Sunset image by Mike Wilson on Unsplash

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