By Jane Serdoncillo
Jane Serdoncillo is a Columban lay missionary who has been working in Britain since 2000 after three years inPakistan.
Fresta, a bubbly, beautiful young wife from Iran, fled from there for fear of her life. I met her through my involvement with RESTORE, a project of Birmingham Churches Together, an ecumenical group supporting refugees and asylum seekers. My work has given me the privilege of listening to their stories, of journeying with women and of being trusted. My work involves visiting and making the initial contact with refugees and asylum seekers before linking them to one of the ‘befrienders,’ generous individuals who volunteer a few hours a week to help and support refugees and asylum seekers in their locality.