Blend's Story

See how tea and cake is making Jesus known to refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff...

See how tea and cake is making Jesus known to refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff...

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They've been in war, they've seen family members die -
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their resilience is amazing.
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One particular guy that struck me, he came in,
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and he just whispered, "I want to be a Christian,
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"but I don't know how."
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So I work with asylum seekers and refugees,
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and I hear a lot of stories from British people
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about what they think an asylum seeker or refugee is,
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that they're uneducated, that they're lazy.
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But that is not the case at all.
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I meet lawyers, architects, and businessmen,
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obviously sometimes been through very difficult situations.
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They've been tortured, they've been imprisoned.
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That's why they're here,
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and it's just because they want to make a life.
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It's not because they've come to steal anyone's job.
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They didn't even know that we have benefits.
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- I got involved in this project
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through Cardiff Vineyard Church.
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Cardiff's a dispersal city so we get a lot of people
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coming in and out.
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I'm also a linguist myself, so I have keen interest
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in sort of the languages side of it.
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I love playing with the kids,
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linking people up if I know people come from
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the same countries or speak the same languages
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so you can kind of create community.
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I think something that I find really hard
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is listening to people's stories sometimes,
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but it also kinda spurs you on to see
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that a very simple thing that we do, which is just
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offering people coffee and a cake and a bit of a chat
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actually means a lot to them.
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- So Blend started in January 2017,
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and we just kept meeting new people coming in
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and asking could they take a Bible,
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could they take a 'Why Jesus?',
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asking where they could go to church.
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They wanted to learn more about being Christian.
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God really spoke to us and said we needed
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to do something about it,
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and so we created a small group.
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We start with a Bible study
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and that is translated into Farsi
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because now most of the people that come are Iranian.
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And we eat together.
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Food is so important.
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And we just pray together.
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Even if all you've got is a packet of biscuits,
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it's not about that.
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It's about sharing stories,
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and that's all you need to do.
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And it doesn't matter where you do that
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or what that looks like,
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even if I can just change one person's situation
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then it's worth it.
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The best thing is just being able to help people
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and to share Jesus with them.
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It's fun.