Posted: February 2016
If you feel a pang of hunger for some luxury you are maybe forgoing during Lent, which begins today, spare a thought for those going to London's Whitechapel Mission.
Tony Miller MBE describes their daily work thus. "Hurting men and women come through our doors, searching for a meal, a way to curb the nagging hunger pains in their stomachs. But once physical hunger is satisfied, we see how God's love begins to work within hearts to reveal a hunger that runs much deeper. These men and women are starving for a fresh start, for someone to believe in them, and for the resources needed to get back on their feet. What starts as just a meal, becomes an invitation to lasting hope, to transform their futures through our advice and counselling services, career counselling and mentoring.
"We have seen a 37% increase in new people looking for help this year and this winter we are expecting many more hurting neighbours to come through our doors. Each person will bring their unique circumstances and needs, but we trust that God's love meets them just where they are. He will work miracles inside hearts...often beginning with something as simple and small as a hot meal."
The annual donations of goods we make at our harvest service will be boosted this year by another event to help boost the 'summer slump' when donations dramatically decline. Ruth and Peter Watkins invite us to 'watch this space'. Tony Miller ends by saying, "Your generosity provides meals, but as you can see, it doesn't end there. Your compassion also provides hope, a reminder of God's love and an opportunity for lasting life change at a time when people need it most."
For more information on Whitechapel click here for their website.
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