Sunday, 15 July 2012

Christians against poverty

A really good morning service at my church this morning. We were celebrating the work of Christians against poverty, a national charity based in Bradford founded by John Kirkby. Heather Solesbury from Grace leads a team of volunteers. It was great to hear her interview Steve and Gayle Gale.

Despite working in general practice for many years I don't think it'd ever struck me quite so forceifully just how much distress financial debt causes. From relationship breakdown, to depression or contemplation of suicide. The cost is so very great.

What wonderful stories of hope we heard. Check out John Kirkby and this video.

And what great hope we have through Jesus Christ. The apostle Luke records some words of Jesus during the early part if his ministry.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me.
    He has chosen me to tell good news to the poor.
He sent me to tell prisoners that they are free
    and to tell the blind that they can see again.
He sent me to free those who have been treated badly and to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness."

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