Life became very threatening for *Imani. She was living under constant observation in her country. “It was a matter of life and death” she explains.
Unsure if she would make it from one day to the next she made the brave choice to flee her country. At 20 years old she made her way to the UK. When she arrived she was visited by two Welcomers from the local church. “They took the time to listen to me, I was a stranger but they helped me anyway. Now we are good friends.”
Imani was welcomed into the city and invited into community and the local church. "There is a sense of family, people who are like you and me. We are all the same, just from different places." There are many people like Imani all over the UK waiting, behind closed doors, to be noticed, welcomed and befriended.
Throughout the Bible we see Jesus speak truth about the impact of offering welcome to those on the margins of society. " I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." - Matthew 25:35. We have the incredible opportunity and privilege to make a difference to the lives of many people seeking refuge from around the world.
God loves the refugee and wants to transform their life. We believe we all have a part to play in God's story. This Christmas we are launching You. Me. And the refugee to raise funds to equip church communities to welcome, support and include refugees in the life of their community. In 2018 we want to see 1000 refugees like Imani welcomed into community. We need to raise £20,000 to bring this vision to life.
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*Name changed for confidentiality purposes