WE CELEBRATE TWO BUILDINGS WITH A PROUD HISTORY OF SUPPORTING GOSPEL MINISTRY IN LONDON.
As our partnerships with churches grow, there is less need now for us to own and run our own buildings, and greater need for feet on the ground, so after careful and prayerful discussion, we are selling some of these buildings to release funds for ministry. Some of these have a special place in our history and heritage.
Becontree Estate in Dagenham was built to rehouse people from London’s East End displaced by slum clearance. London City Mission saw the opportunity to minister to the new community and opened the Bethel Centre in 1931, four years before development of the estate was complete. Since then, Bethel has been a hub and centre of community which has supported generations of missionaries have shared the gospel. The Bethel Community Centre now goes to a local church that has been trained by LCM missionaries and the building will continue to serve the community, sharing the love of Jesus.
London City Mission bought Nasmith Court in 1968 to house Volunteer Evangelists and, later, participants in the year-long City Vision scheme. The building was redeveloped in 2002 to 15 flats through the remarkable generosity of our supporters, and it has remained a busy hub for evangelists in London. Missionaries, interns, gap year students and those coming alongside LCM missionaries for a season to learn, grow and contribute to mission in London have all lived here. Income from the property sale will help us buy homes for missionaries to live close to their areas of ministry. We are grateful to God for all the ways he has used these buildings to draw people closer to him.
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