The Book of Boaz

“Jesus and His Family Sought Asylum - What Welcome Would They Have Found in Modern Britain?”

Dave Smith

ISBN: 9781909728172

177 Pages

Published Sep 2014

Mission and Leadership

Paperback £9.99 Kindle £6.60
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The ‘failed’ asylum seeker.

Confused. Bewildered. Hungry. Cold. Scared.

Or Illegal. Criminal. Guilty. Cheating. Dangerous.

Which is it?

Dave Smith set up the Boaz Trust ten years ago to fight the cause of the asylum seeker. Confronted with a media that can seem more determined to demonise than to tell the truth, and with a political class who appear happier to scapegoat than to stand for justice, this has not been an easy battle. Yet his biggest enemy has been the seemingly cruelly inefficient and impersonal bureaucracy that needlessly condemns so many asylum seekers to near-destitution and despair.

The Book of Boaz is a story of how compassion and truth have inspired the author and others to shout for those who are too traumatised to even whisper for themselves. Dave Smith is a politically astute, articulate and straight-talking campaigner who is passionate about justice and freedom. His guide to the asylum world will leave you, like it leaves everyone who enters the system, with radically different views.

  • [The work of the Boaz Trust is] beautiful and redemptive.

    Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution and founder of The Simple Way
  • I was delighted to become a patron for the Boaz Trust, because they transform the lives of destitute asylum seekers ... who have been unable to access support and have nowhere else to turn to for help.

    John Leech, MP for Manchester Withington
  • An inspiring and challenging account of where God might lead you if you take seriously His command to love the least and the lost and the most disadvantaged in our society. In this account of the Boaz Trust, the ministry to asylum seekers in Manchester he founded and still leads, Dave Smith gives us a graphic insight into the desperate plight of those who flee to Britain to escape persecution, torture and even the threat of death in their own country. Correcting much of the misinformation and downright prejudice that skews so many peoples perspective on those seeking asylum in Britain, Dave gives some very practical and sane suggestions from a wealth of first-hand experience as to how both government and the voluntary sector might do much more to help some of the neediest and most overlooked people currently living in this country.

    Ian Parkinson, Vicar All Saints Marple, Manchester. Regional Director New Wine North
  • The work of the Boaz Trust in providing accommodation, education and support to asylum seekers and refugees is a heart warming example of Christian love and hospitality in action. Not least, it provides a welcome to people who have suffered much by way aof rejection, both in their countries of origin and in the UK.

    David Walker, Bishop of Manchester
  • I was very pleased to visit Boaz Trust to learn about their work with destitute asylum seekers. Its morally right that we should care properly for asylum seekers while they are here among us. Yet too often they receive the poorest of welcomes, facing poverty and hardship, an unfriendly bureaucracy, scepticism, and hostility. I commend Boaz for their humanity, their energy, and their commitment in offering support to the most vulnerable and destitute.

    Kate Green MP for Manchester Stretford
  • The Boaz Trust speaks for those who have no or few rights and I highly value their work.

    Debra Green OBE, Founding Director of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC)

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