Megan (14) lives on the Caia Park estate in Wrexham, where Church Army started Wrexham Centre of Mission in 2015. Caia Park estate is infamous for rioting and racial tensions and is one of the most deprived areas in Wales.
Unemployment, family breakdown and debt problems impact the community daily. Research by Loughborough University, commissioned by the End Child Poverty Network, revealed that in three of the five wards in Caia Park almost half the children are in poverty.
Pioneer Evangelist Josh Smith says, “The kids here feel like ‘I’m from Caia Park, I’ll never amount to anything'”.
Megan regularly attends the ‘Tin Can Youth Hut’ – an old metal chapel gifted to the team – where Lead Evangelist Chris Lawton and Josh run much of their outreach. With little Christian witness on the estate this was the first place Megan ever heard about Jesus or has had positive role models to look up to. Last summer she went to a Christian camp with a group from ‘Tin Can’ where she gave her life to Christ.
“Josh took us on a camp and we learned about how Christians are, what they believe in, their faith and stuff like that. It was really good. Over that summer I started to believe, and now I’ve got a Bible that Josh gave me. My favourite verse is from Philippians; you can do all things through God because he gives you the strength” she says.
Megan has since attended Youth Alpha and is slowly exploring her faith.