Kezia Harrow , our Step into the Gap volunteer based at St Cassian’s Retreat Centre in Kintbury reflects on her recent trip to visit CAFOD projects in the Holy Land.
“I still don’t think I have fully accepted and come to terms with what I have experienced in the last couple of months. To think back and remember that I was in Israel and Palestine in January is mind-blowing. The experience, CAFOD and their partners provided me was outstanding. I feel so lucky to have been able to view the Holy Land in the perspective that I have…. the true realty of living in the Holy Land.
Meeting five different CAFOD partners was incredible. To see how they run their organisations and that one of CAFOD’s values, partnership is at the forefront of everything they do was beautiful to see. True partnership, people, agencies helping, learning and guiding each other. Personally in our world today I think we don’t always see true examples of partnership and are led to believe that partnership is all about taking. Witnessing how CAFOD and its partners use the value of partnership encourages me that the value is being executed in the way it should be.
My international visit was challenging on many levels but I have been given an experience, memories and thoughts that will last a life time. I would honestly encourage anyone who is passionate about social justice to apply for the Step into the Gap programme. Be bold, grab the opportunity that CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme provides you with! It is an opportunity that I have been blessed with but you could be the future CAFOD participants of the Step into the Gap programme.”
Kezia is very happy to come and talk about her trip to the Holy Land to parishes and schools so do contact me if you would like her to come to your parish or CAFOD group.