Will Thorburn

Missionary in Croydon

“I can look back on my life now, and see that God has worked it all together for good!..."

Will was brought up in foster care and struggled as a young child through the difficulties that brings. But as a teenager Will found Jesus and for the first time ever experienced peace, certainty and a secure sense of identity.

“I can look back on my life now, and see that God has worked it all together for good! I am now thankful that although I experienced suffering, I am able to sit on the street with young guys who I can understand and relate to.”

Will now works as a missionary in Croydon with a focus on reaching out to those who are homeless and marginalised. He is seeking to equip and inspire everyday Christians in local churches to lovingly bring a message of hope in Christ to those least likely to hear it.

Croydon is the second largest borough in London by population, and is a melting pot of many different nationalities and ethnicities spread across many lower-income areas. Will sees a vast spiritual need in the surrounding communities as people either feel apathetic towards God, or frustrated for the situations they find themselves in.

“I want people on the very outskirts of society to feel welcomed, loved and accepted by the church so they can come to know Jesus as their Saviour. As more Christians share their faith, I pray this will mean many more having the chance to hear about Jesus.”

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