The March/April Big Issue Blog: A Prayer

Lord Jesus, as a child, you fled from persecution; You have lived the fear, desperation, hunger, cold, and isolation that being a refugee brings. Bring comfort and peace of heart, Lord, to all those risking their lives to seek safety, protect and guide their journeys, Lord. “Faith, ho
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The March/April Big Issue Blog: A Poem

What will you give up? Home, safety, children, friends and All you knew and loved? Risking life and limb Crowded craft, journey through snow, Hope of better life. Detention centre, Passport queues: is it worth it? Lenten “discipline.” What’s Lent anyway? I thought Ea
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The January/February Big Issue Blog: A Poem

Following several conversations with a work colleague who was a Christian I came to embrace the Christian Faith by way of making a New Year’s resolution in January 1975. Sadly, this led to an irrevocable break down of my marriage and subsequent divorce in 1976.  I moved out of the fam
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The January/February Big Issue Blog: A Personal Experience

I was desperately lonely following a divorce some 40 years ago. I was employed in a hotel bar at the time and so had to work long and unsociable hours while watching people having fun and socialising. For me I knew I had to tackle this in the place it was most acute, alone in my bedsi
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“My family was torn apart by abuse”

When she heard about Mothers’ Union’s active campaigning against gender-based violence, and learnt through local members about the international awareness every autumn 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, Mary* contacted Mothers’ Union to ask how she could help with the
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I don’t want to live in this story!

Slam, shove, I got in his way! Silent, don’t speak! Let him have the last say. His blood is boiling and he’s lost his rag! I’m in big big trouble now, upsetting big bad Dad!   Take any fuel away from the flame, otherwise he will lash out, he will cause you pain.
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Scars Across Humanity book review

Elaine Storkey, the president of Tearfund for 17 years has written this book which took eight years to document, after an African trip where she met women who had suffered horrendous abuse during war, to help people understand the impact and horror of violence against women across all
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