Your Gift Matters
If you are a financial supporter of Church Army, then you are part of changing lives. Michael Cooper is Church Army’s Key Relationships Manager for London & South East and he has the joy of seeing first-hand where your giving is making a real impact in the South East region.
“I’ve had the great joy in the last few weeks of being involved in an initiative called ‘Passion for Life’. Our church, along with over 750 other churches across the UK and Ireland, have been stepping up our mission and evangelism. We’ve been praying, learning and reaching out together to make Jesus known in our communities.
“…AS CHRISTIANS, MISSION AND EVANGELISM IS FOR THE WHOLE OF OUR LIFE.”
That month of focus came to an end just recently, but as Christians, mission and evangelism is for the whole of our life. The Bible is clear, with Jesus himself calling us to go and make disciples. Early on in His earthly ministry Jesus urges His followers with these words: Then He said to His disciples,
“THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW. ASK THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, THEREFORE, TO SEND OUT WORKERS INTO HIS HARVEST FIELD.” Matthew 9:37-38
As I’ve travelled around this region, I’ve had the great privilege of meeting some of those ‘workers’ – men and women in Church Army’s centres of mission, those in our projects, and individuals on the ground whose daily focus is to share the love of the Lord Jesus in their communities. I’m hearing stories of lives being impacted by the gospel because those workers have been resourced and equipped for the harvest field.
Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Alan*, formerly in prison for violent crime, now a resident in a medium security hospital. Alan is allowed out up to three hours each week; tagged and escorted by a member of the unit’s team.
Alan has been going to a centre of mission pop up café locally every week for four months. When I asked him why, he said,
“I LIKE THE PEOPLE I MEET; I DON’T FEEL JUDGED. I FEEL LOVED AND ENJOY CONVERSATIONS WITH NORMAL PEOPLE”.
Alan gets a small weekly allowance and out of it loves to donate to the café. Just recently he has started attending church on Sundays. He wouldn’t yet call himself a Christian, but he speaks of God ‘looking after him’ and says he prays for help in his situation. Your gifts enable our workers to reach people
like Alan and to equip and resource new workers. So, thank you for standing with us, do please pray that support would grow and that by God’s grace we would be able to extend further into His harvest field with the Good News of Jesus.”