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My first mission trip was to the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey to help the Kurdish people who were running from the war and from Saddam Hussein. Next I joined the discipleship training school (DTS) with YWAM (Youth with a Mission). During this time we had a week of forgiveness. It was very hard for me to write down the names of all the people I needed to forgive and then to forgive them. I had to travel for five hours to go and forgive the man who was responsible for my arrest and imprisonment. On my release from prison I had promised him that one day I would kill him. When a man from the Middle East says such a thing he means it, it is not a joke. So when I met him he was very afraid. When I forgave him it felt like a hundred tons fell from my shoulders. My next difficult task of forgiveness was to forgive my godfather. I visited his grave I declared before God that I had forgiven him. Finally I went to my dad and told him how much I loved him and was so sorry that I had been so arrogant. This brought tears to his eyes.

I continued studying with YWAM and God taught me His way for my life and is still teaching me. I came to England with YWAM and then on to minister in Morocco for 5 weeks.

In 1994, I was led to minister in Amsterdam, in the red light district amongst the sex workers and drug addicts. After further training, I became a full time missionary with YWAM in Beirut. God opened the door for me to minister in a prison in Lebanon for three years.

I had been continually giving out with no input to my life and needed to recharge my batteries. God opened a door for me to return to London to study for three months with YWAM. I spent the three months after that on a placement with Teen Challenge, where I worked for seven years until I was made redundant because of lack of government funding.

With guests at Webber Street
With guests at Webber Street

In 2006, I joined London City Mission and I am working at the Webber Street Centre for the homeless to share Jesus with needy people living on the streets and with the Arabic people in Ealing Broadway.

Thank you for reading my story. Now the question is: What are you doing with your life?‚Äč

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Jean-Louis Kassis

Missionary to the marginalised at Webber Street, our day centre in Waterloo for people who are homeless.

Because London needs Jesus