Category Archives: Updates

Bible Study

For this last weeks bible study we had 9 guests to study Matthew 5  and 6.

We discussed verse 43 “Love your enemies” and how difficult it is for a homeless person when they are attacked without provocation..
We can only pray for God’s protection for all of His children whether housed or homeless.

Bible Study

This week we studied Matthew 4 v 1 – 11, focusing on the third temptation of Christ in the wilderness.

Three guests joined us in the study.
We discussed how people today worship idols without realising it.
The message “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” is just as relevant today as in bible days.
We must put aside those things that stop us from worshipping God in our lives.
Pray that our guests who believe in Jesus can move forward in their relationship with God.
Becoming part of a local church can make a big difference and yet few of them have found a church that they are comfortable in,

10 years at Webber Street

In this edition team leader David Clover reflects on the last 10 years working with Webber Street.

We take a deeper look at the variety of nationalities that visit the day centre and how best to cater to their needs.

Click on the image below to have a read or download.webber-street-autumn

 

A beautiful mind

Read how we work with the many visitors to the centre who are suffering with a mental illness.

We explore the impact of gardening with our Hope Community Homes project and give you a behind the scenes look at how we prepare our Bible studies.

Click on the image below to have a read or download.

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Bible Study

We had a good study this week as 12 of us gathered around God’s Word to study Chapter 14 of John’s gospel.

It begins with “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”

Many people coming to Webber Street have “troubled hearts” and yet we have a gospel which can turn sorrow into joy by the power of the Holy Spirit..

Pray for those guests who come to the Bible Study, that they may encounter Jesus for themselves in a real and powerful way.

Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me”

Pray also that the Father will reveal Himself to our guests, as many of them have never known the love of an earthly father and so find it difficult to comprehend God’s love for them.

Bible Study

This week we looked at John 7 with 7 guests.

We saw how the crowd had divided opinions about who Jesus was.
Was he just a good man?
Or was he a deceiver?
Others said “He is the Christ”.
People still debate over who Jesus is today.
Pray that those who attend our bible study will put their faith in him.

This Weeks Bible Study

This week we began the year with 10 guests looking at John 2 v 12 – 25

Much discussion was had around verse 25 ” for Jesus knew what was in a man”. The sinful nature of man can lead us into all kinds of trouble, which can have long-lasting effects on our lives and the lives of others.
Without God’s grace and mercy we are lost in a whirlpool of sin and judgement.
Romans 5 v 6 ” You see at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us.”
Pray that the eyes of the guests hearts would be opened to see what Jesus has accomplished for them on the cross.

Urgent appeal for clothes

Imagine having to send someone away with their toes sticking out of their old worn-out shoes, because you don’t have any to give them. It can happen.

This is a possibility, unless we do something now. We need your help in the next few weeks.

Jean-Louis and friendCan you help?

At Webber Street, we welcome 80 -100 homeless people a day. As well as offering guests spiritual support, we provide breakfast, shower facilities and a change of clothes. However we are in urgent need of clothes, particularly men’s clothes, for guests in need this winter.

Could you help us by collecting as many of the items on the list below for this London City Mission ministry? We need:

Webber Street Clothing Store

  • Shoes
  • Trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Warm coats
  • Jumpers
  • Underwear (vests, pants etc.)
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Socks

We will not be able to collect from you but collections can be delivered to:

WATERLOO (Inside the congestion zone)
Webber Street Day Centre
6-8 Webber Street
Waterloo
London
SE1 8QA
Tel: 020 7928 1677 (we can receive clothes at the centre during work hours 8-4pm until Friday 18 December)

LONDON BRIDGE (Outside the congestion zone)
London City Mission
Nasmith House
175 Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 2AH
Tel: 020 7407 7585 (we can receive from 9-5pm until Tuesday 22 December)

Thank you!

Catch 22

Catch 22
noun
a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

 

I work with the Romanian community at Webber Street – a group of around 20-25 men.

Having been visiting Romania for the past nine years, I have a good understanding of where these men have come from and what we send them back to if they don’t succeed here.

This provides a tension between knowing the reality of their lives in Romania and so wanting to help them to succeed in the UK, whilst knowing that their chances are not necessarily much greater here.

Catch 22

The government does not provide housing services for newly arrived Romanians so unless they secure a job and are able to sustain rent then homelessness is an inevitable lifestyle for many.

However, many do not have a good grasp of English, hampering their chances of establishing themselves here. We provide English lessons twice a week and we also advise our guests to go to colleges providing lessons in the area, which many do.

The Catch 22 is that even after securing a job, if you have no bank account it is hard or impossible to get paid.

No permanent address = no bank account; no bank account = no job; no job = no permanent address…and so the homeless cycle continues.

This can be a very daunting problem to work out and at Webber Street we are in the process of working out the best steps to take whilst loving and nurturing those in our care. Just because we don’t have the practical solutions to problems doesn’t mean we can write off a person.

A true hope

The hope I have for everyone who comes to Webber Street is that God is greater, and all things are possible with him. He sees their worth and doesn’t discard them and that is the reason for persisting in compassion and love in the face of impossibility.

Sometimes speaking the truth in love is helping them more than feeding them an idea of a dream unreachable. But the one truth we can and do provide at Webber Street is of a hope reachable and durable and that is of Jesus Christ who came to rescue them and bring them home to him.

Prayer request

Please pray for wisdom in giving advice and how to best find solutions to these problems.

Written by Serena Dalton