Throughout Lent, we invite you to walk alongside a number of refugees JRS accompanies. Where in their stories do we sense the Lord reaching out?
Being detained was a frustrating time for Therese. As days pass it can feel as if you are lost in a system that has forgotten you. However, Therese was able to find strength in the people who would visit and call her, reminding her that many people were walking alongside her, offering her their support. “They made me feel so happy, made me feel I wasn’t alone.”
Therese also found comfort and solidarity with many others who were also being detained. By building relationships with people in the same situation as her, she was able to both support others and be encouraged herself: “We keep encouraging each other to keep going”.
Therese’s story is real, however we have changed her name to protect her privacy
Today we invite you to consider volunteering with a group that visits one of the UK’s detention centres. At JRS UK we have a team of volunteers who visit the two Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) at Heathrow, providing pastoral support to detainees. Get in touch for more information on how you can volunteer.
If you live outside London but are interested in visiting an Immigration Removal Centre somewhere else in the country then we invite you to search out visiting groups in your area