Prayer is vital to the work of the Boaz Trust.
The Boaz Trust is a Christian charity. Our work stems from the belief that God loves asylum seekers, and cares passionately about justice and mercy for the oppressed in our world.
The Boaz Trust supports destitute asylum seekers from around the world – those who have been refused asylum by the Home Office but are not deported. These people are amongst the most marginalised and stigmatised in our society, dealing with the physical and emotional consequences of torture and abuse, a life of destitution (that is, no benefits, no housing and no rights to work) in the UK, and a political and cultural climate of hostility and fear.
Our standpoint is a Biblical one, to show God’s love to those with nowhere to turn. Our name reflects that heart – Boaz was one of the truly great Bible characters, and his story can be found in the Old Testament book of Ruth. Boaz was the son of Rahab, the woman who saved the lives of the Hebrew spies who were checking out the city of Jericho in the book of Joshua. He grew up understanding several things: first of all, his mother was a Canaanite, so he understood what it was like to be a foreigner. Secondly, his mother had been a prostitute, so Boaz understood God’s grace. Thirdly, his mother had risked her life to save the Hebrew spies, thus demonstrating true faith in Jehovah.
Boaz also understood Israel’s welfare laws, handed down by Moses and Joshua. By leaving the edges of fields and the second crop of the vineyard for the poor and foreigners, he recognised that no one needed to starve in Israel (Leviticus 19:9-10 and 33-34, Leviticus 23:22). So when Ruth, a foreigner from Moab, ends up in Boaz’s field, he does far more than grudgingly allow her to pick a few head of corn. He goes the extra mile, offering her practical support – food, drink and shelter and long-term support – security and hope.
This is an amazing love story, the significance of which we see in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:2-6). It is also a story about asylum, where a vulnerable widow finds sanctuary and safety in a foreign land because of Boaz. At Boaz Trust we provide practical support: accommodation, food and toiletries, and long term support: legal assistance, activities/ classes and training, to some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. Many have fled from dangerous, corrupt and violent countries such as Iran, Zimbabwe and Eritrea. Some are Christians facing execution if they return. Others simply stood for justice or demanded their human rights. Whilst we encourage you to pray for peace, restoration and freedom in troubled nations, we also invite you to pray for those who make it here, only to be refused and left destitute.
We follow a God who associated with outcasts. Today no-one is a greater outcast than the destitute asylum seeker. If we want to be followers of Jesus, we should be helping people like them – just like Boaz did so long ago. Please pray for our work, and find out what you can practically do to help.
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