This weekend, 15-year-old Alan Cartwright was stabbed to death in Islington. Today his friends and family mourn his death, while the rest of the community tries to make sense of this latest London tragedy.
In east London, the family of three teenage girls cling to hope for their safe return from Syria, while teachers and police officers try to prevent other young people from doing the same.
Across London last night, hundreds of people slept on the streets, finding shelter in doorways, under bridges and in parks. Official figures released last week show that rough sleeping in London has risen by 79% since 2010.
It seems as if everywhere we look there is an increase in reasons to despair and an absence of hope – but that’s not the full story. God is working in Islington, east London and among London’s homeless people. In the past few weeks I’ve heard our missionaries speak about their work in these very areas, and report news of lives transformed by the gospel.
In the weeks leading up to Easter we are encouraging people to pray for London. Reflecting on these tragic stories of violence and brokenness, I’m reminded of just how much this city needs our prayers. Please join us in praying for London.