Bringing hope to those in need this Christmas


Every year, here at Boaz we help hundreds of people who have no hope. People like Mary.  This Christmas we want to bring hope to more destitute asylum seekers and refugees than ever before. Could you stand with us this Christmas and bring hope into a hopeless situation?

Mary wanted to tell you her story. Her story demonstrates the hope that together, with your support, Boaz can bring.

‘I was born in Iran. I was about 20 years old when my mum was shot – that was a time that there was war between Iraq and Iran, and she was shot and she died. 40 days later my dad had a heart attack and he passed away too.’

I was 28 years old when my husband died. So I was all by myself with four children.

And then six years ago, while we were on the way with my son to north of Iran I managed to meet a gentleman. So we spoke together and we tried to get to know each other and he asked me to marry him.

A week after marriage, everything turned upside down with his behaviour and the way he treated me. He was verbally abusive and he used to beat me up. In my country, women have few rights. My hands were tied. He threatened me… He was well known and powerful, and if I left my life would be at risk.
So I had to escape, I had to run away.’

I decided to take my niece’s car, and drive to north of Iran. It was horrible, it wasn’t an easy thing to do: to find a smuggler. I suffered a lot, I didn’t have much to eat, and the smuggler said I will take you to a European country – he didn’t say where. So when I arrived here I was in a very terrible and very poor situation. I’d not had a chance to shower or take a bath for ten days.

I applied for asylum, but when I was refused, the UK stopped the support, and I moved from Birmingham to Manchester. I stayed with my friend and I went to church. And that was the time I became very faithful, and became a believer of Jesus.

It was in 2012, the sixth day of Christmas. I was asleep then there were four police officers were standing near me and they asked me to wake up and stand up. They said to me, “You are in this country illegally.”

‘So they detained me. They took me to Yarl’s Wood. I was there and I was terrified. I wanted to kill myself there.

I wasn’t as healthy as before, actually my health was at risk – I could only see with 1 eye. So I went to Red Cross. And from there they advised me to go to Boaz, and then I came here while I was very hopeless, very hopeless.

I’ve been through a lot. I’m 60 years old now. Thanks to Boaz I know I’ll have a roof over my head at night. I have a solicitor to help me. Still sometimes, I’m very scared and anxious when I have to go to the Home Office to report, but then I feel like Jesus is always with me and will help me out of this.

Boaz is just like my family.’


For most people, Christmas is a time to spend with family. We are thankful that Mary can call Boaz her family this Christmas time.

Please stand with us and help us bring hope to more asylum seekers like Mary.

A gift of £25 will buy bedding for a destitute asylum seeker moving from street homelessness this Christmas into the safety of one of our houses.

A gift of £50 this Christmas will pay for five asylum seekers to have fresh food for one week.

A gift of £250 will buy fresh fruit, vegetables and basic toiletries for up to 30 asylum seekers who attend our Christmas drop in.

A gift of £1000 this Christmas time will pay for one asylum seeker like Mary to have not only a roof over her head this winter, but for a whole year.

Please do consider giving monthly to the work of Boaz so we can continue to giving hope all year round. 

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