Missionary Faith Edwards is putting to use her creative skills on a Wednesday morning in Newham.

In front of a group of women who attend the weekly ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Faith pretends to mock fellow missionary Tatiana during a teaching of Psalm 22 and asks her how it makes her feel. This sparks a conversation amongst the women about shame. “It’s really beautiful to see them engaging more and more each week. We asked them what or who the psalm brought to mind. One woman said her daughter. Another said God.” The women are representative of the neighborhood – many from a Muslim background.

“Many have found themselves completely isolated after getting married. Some have experienced rape. Some have been exposed to drugs and prostitution. Other women have fled abusive relationships and have been moved to this area for their safety, only to find themselves even more vulnerable.” The classes, along with drop-in sessions at the same venue, enable women to grow in confidence as they learn English amongst new friends, gain practical support, and hear about Jesus in a loving environment. “Before I surrendered my life to Christ, I turned to so many toxic things, as well as Islam to numb my suffering or to find identity. Yet, it was only in Jesus that everything made sense. I found truth, I knew I was truly loved and redeemed. My prayer is that these women would experience this too.”

This article is taken from our quarterly prayer guide Together. Please use it to pray with us, walk the streets we walk, meet the people we meet, and see the challenges they face.

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