Charles’ life as a teenager revolved around football, and he could think about nothing else. In his early 20s he reached a point in his life where he felt empty, without meaning and purpose…until he found Jesus!
“Jesus is the only one who can truly satisfy,” says Charles. “God has given me a heart for the broken and marginalised in society, and I want to see people that feel broken and hopeless rebuild their lives by finding hope in Jesus.”
Charles joined the Mission following his graduation of our Pioneer scheme, where he received training and teaching to become an effective gospel worker in London’s urban communities. Charles now works as a missionary at our Webber Street homeless day centre, seeking to help people take steps out of homelessness and provide relief from life on the streets.
They regularly serve breakfast, run a Bible group, arts group and a weekly 1-1 support drop-in. The team also seek to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of guests as they work alongside local churches. Together they host community meals helping guests connect with a church family and build lasting friendships, and volunteers are trained and equipped through opportunities to share the life-transforming news of Jesus.
Every day at Webber Street, Charles meets people who are struggling with homelessness, poverty, and addictions as they look for satisfaction in something other than Jesus. The average life expectancy for a rough sleeper is in the mid 40s – 15% of deaths are from suicide.
“My vision and hope for Webber Street are that the guests would come to know and love Jesus, and that God would transform their lives... I want to see people physically and spiritually in a better place, and then become those who can tell others about Jesus and bring many more to come to know him.”