Erasto arrived in England looking for peace and found it at the Jesus Centre.
Published: 18th Apr 2014
“FIGHTING in Somalia is a tradition” said Erasto,* who arrived in the UK from Somalia 15 years ago as an asylum seeker. “People don’t always know what they are fighting about. Our grandfathers were fighting – and we are fighting.
“I came to England hoping for peace. Yes, the UK is peaceful, but the weather is terrible especially when it snows! Africa is just sun and rain, sun and rain.”
Erasto lived for a while in London and Crawley before settling in Coventry in 2003. Some of his friends call him “Smiler”. Why? Because he’s constantly smiling and “always likes to look on the positive side of life” – an amazing feat when you hear his story:...
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From weight loss classes to immigration services, the support groups that are running in all three Jesus Centres help to provide "worship, friendship and help for every kind of person". "With support groups we can link up people to listen to each other and give mutual support," says Piers Young, manager of Coventry Jesus Centre. "It can make a big difference. We've seen it."
Published: 21st Jan 2010
"Making it work," is a relatively new job-search support group at the London Jesus Centre. It has been running for over nine months, during which Alison Moore, who runs it, has seen over 50 different people who are having difficulty finding work. It runs every Thursday by appointment, from 8.30am-3.30pm.
She helps them to put together their CVs, helps with interview skills, gives employment advice, searches for jobs with them, makes phone calls to employers and, as she puts it, "I do a lot of chatting, praying, solving problems, laughing, crying and drinking tea."
"My Spanish has improved!" laughs Alison, "And I've learnt about helping migrant workers to find jobs and a lot...
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