‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8)
Back in 1835, a group of church leaders and believers got together determined to do something that would mean the gospel was shared in the poorest and least reached areas of London. 185 years later, that same gospel need drives us today.
At London City Mission our vision is to see a growing and flourishing Church in our city, that is envisioned, equipped and enabled to share the love of God and good news of Jesus Christ with the least reached communities in London.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph 4:11-13)
We long to see more people hear the good news of Jesus, but we can’t do that by ourselves. Our prayer is to see more church volunteers raised up for the harvest. Volunteers like Hannah who got involved with the monthly evening meals her local church provided for the guests at Webber Street and then started to use her gifts as an artist to work with our missionary who started an art programme at the centre as a creative way of building relationships and having conversations about Jesus.
We pray that as more workers are equipped, more people hear the gospel who would otherwise be least likely to hear it, and in God’s grace, more people from diverse backgrounds come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and be discipled through the local church.
People like James, who is diagnosed with autism and schizophrenia. James was a believer, but he’d stopped going to church. Our missionary met him at the foodbank and then bumped into him again whilst doing door-to-door work. James started to come along to a Bible study our missionary ran with a local church. Through Coronavirus, the group went online and James has continued to join in and has really grown. He wants to start coming along to church on a Sunday when it re-opens and to help serve teas and coffees, which is a big step for someone who finds social situations hard.
We estimate 1 in 3 Londoners (that’s around 3 million people like James) don’t have a Christian friend – someone to tell them the good news or invite them to church. Yet, in God’s strength and through the Church, we pray that more people will have their lives changed by the gospel as they come to know Christ.
Let’s partner together, because London needs Jesus!