Each month we will be focussing on a different mission partner, bringing you up to date news and a prayer you can use at home.
For the month of June we will be focussing on:
THE BOAZ TRUST
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
(Hebrews 13: 1-2)
Refugee Week falls during June, so it’s an appropriate month to focus on the Boaz Trust, which works to end destitution amongst asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester. During the pandemic, Boaz has continued to find ways to do this, with clients like Amie testifying what a difference it’s made: ‘...thank God that Boaz continuously helps and supports, that I have a roof over my head, and with the weekly income and food parcel every week. They check on me all the time.’
Boaz has always combined this practical support with advocacy and campaigning for a fair, more compassionate asylum system and an end to destitution. This aspect of their work has been stepped up in recent weeks, following the government’s announcement of their New Plan for Immigration
. Among other things, this would criminalise anyone arriving in the UK by any means other than an official resettlement scheme and would like to make it possible to send people seeking safety here to off-shore prison-like facilities. Boaz Trust is one of many organisations who consider the proposal to assess someone’s eligibility for support on the basis of how they arrived, rather than on their need for protection from persecution, inhumane and unjust. Boaz has devised an alternative to the government’s plan, which you can read about here
Boaz asks us to join with them in praying for our political leaders and those who work in immigration decision-making roles, that compassion and accountability with govern their hearts and decisions. We’re also asked to pray for:
those who voluntarily run the Migrant Destitution Fund, which is a lifeline to many, that they will find new sources of funding, as their funds run low.
clients preparing to move on from Boaz accommodation, that the road head will prove positive and that they will encounter people with open hearts.
a particular client who is experiencing physical health needs, that they will receive the necessary medical care.
For further information on The Boaz Trust and other mission partners go to the Mission Partners page