London City Missionary, Rob Hooks, recently visited supporting churches in Guernsey to talk about the work of LCM. While there he was interviewed by BBC Guernsey about his work and some of the challenges and costs of serving the least reached. He was joined by Tim Henry, London City Mission Area Organiser for Guernsey.
You can listen to the interview here from 54:24-59:37 and again from 1:20:15-1:27:36.
Serving the least reached
For many years Rob worked as an LCM prison chaplain, but earlier this year he joined our street team in North London. There he reaches out to people who live and work on the streets - those who are sleeping on the streets as well as people who, although they now have accommodation, still gravitate back to the parks and drop-ins where their community and friends are. Rob says:
They think it's very strange that we come and hang out with them in the parks and not actually enter into some of the things they're involved in.
The idea is to build relationships with them and show Christ's unconditional love to them and acceptance. Spending time with them really means a lot. There will be points when they're in crisis and we're the ones they turn to.
Generations of support
Many Guernsey churches have had a longstanding interest in the work of London City Mission. "I am now 53" says Tim, "but can still remember as a child my Dad praying at my bedside for LCM missionaries". We are so humbled and encouraged to hear stories like this, of support for London City Mission through the years. The prayers of our supporters are so vital to our work and we are so thankful for ongoing partnership.
Reflections on LCM visits
For Tim, one of his earliest memories is of LCM missionaries visiting churches on the island to speak about their work (deputation).
Tim recalls the visit of Glyn Owen:
Glyn worked at Smithfield meat market - among a group of very hard men - you could tell by the way he spoke that he loved those workers and they respected him, although they gave him a hard time.
I think one thing that makes a London City Mission deputation stand out is that what you hear is from the very person who has been on the front line, so you can feel the love, dedication, passion, frustration, disappointment (or whatever emotion comes through) as they relay incidents and events that they have experienced in their work for the Lord first-hand.
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