As we celebrate our 184th birthday as a mission Terry Puttick reflects on how the mission has developed over the years.
It doesn’t seem possible that I have served the Lord for over four decades in the London City Mission. Praise God that the gospel has always been at the heart of all we do and that is still true today.
A heart-warming piece of history I came across is that a hundred years ago John Davis was the missionary to the Neckinger Estate in Bermondsey and today amazingly Tim Fielder is working that same area. In many cases our missionaries seem taller because they stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before.
Over the past 40 years I have seen phenomenal changes in our capital city, so much so that London is heralded the most diverse city in the world. Adapting as wise stewards of the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’ is challenging, but vital. I believe that through the changes we have a sharper focus and God is at work especially through our partnerships with Missional Churches.
This is an incredibly exciting and vital time to be in the London City Mission. Like Caleb, I have not lost the passion for the Lord’s work, in fact I am even more passionate about it.
One of our Board member once told me that he served on other Christian Boards, but the difference was that London City Mission was a ‘miracle mission’. I can testify that is still true today.