“Since coming to the UK, I have met some beautiful people. They did not know me but they helped me anyway. Over time I formed great friendships with these people and they have made a huge impact on my life."
"I started to go to church not long after I arrived in the UK. In my country, the people are very flamboyant, and church was a huge celebration. I found it hard to find the right church for me in the UK, as it was very different to what I was used to.
I have been going to two churches, and both bring something different to my spiritual growth. I go to one Nigerian church which is fun, and I study the Bible with them in a mid-week group which I really enjoy. A kind couple who had been supporting me took me along to Community Church Derby Both churches have made me feel very welcomed.
When I found out that the church supported refugees it touched me on a personal level. The church accommodates refugees through a translation service. We also sing songs in different languages. This type of energetic celebration reminded me of church back at home.
A lot of people are very empathetic and compassionate. They show it through taking time to talk and engage with me, asking how my week has been and offering prayer. When there is a celebration of a nation or awareness-raising occasion for refugees they talk about it. There is so much happening. I met a lot of new people at church. It's beautiful. I never feel out of place there. I’ve often felt out of place since I came to the country but when I go there I don’t feel out of place. That’s very important to me.”
Simona’s* story reflects the undeniable impact of welcoming and supporting refugees to rebuild their lives and find purpose in their new communities.
Could your church play its part in welcoming refugees? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to support you on the journey to becoming Good News for Refugees.
*Name changed to protect the identity of individuals