Harvest is coming and since many churches aren’t gathering at the moment, we’d appreciate your help. Although we are unable to provide showers at this time, we are handing out more clothes than ever! We are now in need of jeans and tracksuit bottoms, hoodies, jumpers and T-shirts, new underwear and jackets. As usual, we give out lots of hot drinks. If you can also give Tea, Coffee and Sugar, that would be greatly appreciated by the guests during these colder coming months.
Please do call the centre to organise a time to drop off donations and we can give you a hand getting it through the door. If you want to give in any other way, please do get in touch!
Today is 4 weeks since we reopened the doors of Webber Street to guests since the countrywide lockdown due to Covid-19.
After four months of providing food and essential supplies outside of the building, we give God thanks for the opportunity to welcome guests back, to a slightly different service to normal, in a COVID secure way. The main difference to the service is that we run two simultaneous forms of breakfast to maintain social distancing. We welcome into the centre a maximum of 20 guests at one time, while breakfast is handed outside for those who don’t want to come in. As usual, there is a short gospel talk with breakfast inside the building
Please do pray for the team and for the guests as we continue to open. Pray for protection and health for staff, volunteers and guests. Pray that through the gospel talk and the way the guests are served with love and compassion, that the Holy Spirit will be at work and the Lord be glorified through this ministry.
Eight weeks into the UK shut down and Webber Street is still operating under the government guidelines and caring for vulnerable people to the best of our ability.
Although our physical building still remains closed, our hearts and our hands remain open and we are more committed to serving our guests during this time than ever before.
The great weather and sunshine have definitely helped our guests who are still out on the streets feel more positive and have helped make their situation be more bearable than if it was cold out or miserable.
We are still seeing some of our guests be verified as homeless by the local outreach teams and be referred for accommodation. Although this is a timely process, it is so satisfying to find out that they have been allocated a space and we rejoice and are so happy for each one of them when they are accommodated. Many times, their first comment after being informed they have accommodation is that they say that they can’t wait to have a shower which is not surprising as many of them have not had a shower for a number of weeks.
In the interim they are grateful for the toiletries The Globe Church is providing which we are able to distribute to them a few times each week.
A surprise and encouragement for the team at Webber Street and the Mission is a thank-you message we received in the Metro from one of our guests who has been accessing our services for the past two months.
We have been able to remain in contact with one of the young females who we were able to refer to the outreach team for accommodation. We speak to her on a regular basis over the phone and have been able to deliver toiletries and books to her. We were able to give her a copy of The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and other Christian literature which she really appreciated.
One of our Romanian guests who was waiting for a hotel allocation was getting very discouraged and despondent at how long the process was taking. It was such a delight to tell him one morning that he had been allocated a space. After he got his takeaway breakfast, one of the local outreach teams arranged transport for him to where he was allocated from the Day Centre. His surprise and beaming face as he got into the UBER is a picture that will remain etched in my memory forever. Language was a barrier but his exuberance and the expression on his face reflected how grateful he was.
Witnessing local Churches and individuals being mindful and generous toward our work amongst the homeless and the poor. We are so grateful to every person and Church who has given so freely of their time and resources, etc. so that we can continue providing a vital service to our guests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last few weeks we have been working with the local outreach teams to help assist the effort in getting our homeless off the street and into hotels, so they can self-isolate. Although this has been challenging, we are seeing how this new working relationship is bearing visible fruit.
We have been able to provide vital information to the outreach teams to assist them in getting the 70+ people who have been coming to Webber Street allocated a single room in a hotel. Although it has taken some time for this to happen, our guests have remained calm, appreciative and hopeful despite their disappointment and frustration of how long the process has taken. We have been able to assure our guests that both ourselves and the outreach teams are trying their utmost to support them at this time.
A highlight for the team returning to Webber Street after the Easter weekend was that we saw a visible reduction in the number of our homeless guests waiting to be allocated a space. A space where they can stay safe, get fed and self-isolate.
We are so grateful that our efforts and the hard-work and dedication of the local outreach teams is starting to pay off and we can finally start to see significant progress in getting rough sleepers off of the streets and into accommodation. We can confirm that we are now only waiting for approximately 40+ Webber Street guests to be allocated a space.
Our aim in the coming week is to work even more closely with the Lambeth and Southwark outreach teams in the hope of getting the remaining rough sleepers off the streets and into safe and secure accommodation as soon as possible.
In 2018, we served thousands of breakfasts and had over 400 gospel conversations with guests at our Webber Street day centre. We praise God for these opportunities. Thanks to your support for this ministry, many rough sleepers have benefited from assistance in a number of different ways. Alongside helping to meet guests’ physical needs, we seek to address their spiritual need – their greatest need.
Each morning, just before breakfast is served, our guests are offered a very special treat. They may not realise it but, as they sip their teas and coffees, something of much more value than the physical food they will soon receive is being freely offered to them. This food has the potential of sustaining them for far longer. It’s spiritual food, the word of God, which, as we are promised in Isaiah, will not return empty.
Read more about Bible talks at Webber Street as well as our work with one our partner churches All Souls.
This week we studied Matthew 21 v 23 – 46 with several guests who are living on the street.
As we sat around the table and discussed the parable of the two sons and their responses to the father’s request, it was agreed that all of us have been guilty of disobedience at some time in our lives. However the first son changed his mind and obeyed his father’s request. It is only by repentance and belief then we can enter the kingdom of God.
Pray for a lady who came to bible study who was just released from hospital after attempting suicide.
Great bible study with 3 of our guests this week on Matthew 19 v 13 – 30.
Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”.Jesus was rebuking the disciples for thinking Jesus was too busy to see the little children.In the previous chapter Jesus was asked by his disciples “Who is the greatest?” But in God’s kingdom the least shall be the greatest.The rich young man who came to Jesus, went away sad, because Jesus asked him to give away his wealth, which he could not do.Most of our guests have no money to hinder them from entering the kingdom. But they can still have proud hearts , thinking they can “Do it alone”.Pray that those attending the bible study each week , might become like little children, with humble , teachable hearts.