Asha is grateful to the Rector of Newcastle’s Civic Church for inviting Asha to introduce a new dimension to their monthly family service which starred our drummers.
Interspersed with hymns and Bible reading, the congregation heard the story of two asylum seekers, one of whom achieved refugee status and is completing his third year at university and other who was killed when his final appeal to stay had been rejected and he had little choice but to opt for voluntary return to the country he had fled.
The congregation learned how the hand of friendship reaching out to a new arrival, can alleviate the pain, separation and loss of family, home, job, community and country.
One of Asha’s teachers concluded the event by introducing a couple of Befrienders and Befriendees, Jamal and Comfort, before reading a poem, a ‘Glass of Tea’, by Shukria Rezael, aged 15.
Last year, I held a glass of tea
to the light. This year,
I swirl like a tealeaf in the streets
Last year, I stared into navy blue sky.
I am roaming under colorless
Last year, I watched the dazzling sun
dance gracefully. This year,
The faint sun moves featurelessly
And my heart, I’d say
Struggling to find its place