An Earley church will be the venue next month for a special Lenten retreat day organised by Christian Aid’s Oxford branch and be an opportunity to hear stories of women from rural Ethiopia who are walking in faith with hope for change.
One of the people featured is Loko Jarso, who lives in rural Ethiopia. She walks alone for eight hours a day, in shoes so thin that thorns repeatedly pierce through to her feet, to gather and sell firewood so she can feed her children.
Loko refuses to give up hope and so she prays as she walks.
Her faith pushes her on.
During Lent, Christians remember Jesus’ walk in the wilderness at the start of his ministry, culminating in the walk to the cross and the transformational work of Easter.
To mark this, Christian Aid is holding a Walking by Faith Lenten retreat in February. It says that it will be a special day of reflection, learning, prayer and fellowship to consider the call to justice in this season of fasting.
The day will include stories of women like Loko from rural Ethiopia who are walking in faith with hope for change.
It will take place on Friday, February 20 from 10.30am to 4pm at St Nicolas Church, Sutcliffe Avenue in Earley.
Places cost £10 and includes an Ethiopian lunch; booking is essential.