Date(s) - 19/11/2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Carol Wood writes:
Our next Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership wide talk will be online on Friday 19th November at 6.30pm. Going forward, we are aiming to have in building talks where the speaker is local but this particular speaker is based elsewhere so this will be online.
This is the zoom link – https://zoom.us/j/94990417934?pwd=ZGU4dnE2TEFaSXNkb0VVQ3BFLzJiZz09
Our speaker will be John Graver who works for Christians Against Poverty. Here are two extracts from their website.
How it all started
“With a small donation and big faith, John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor. In his hometown of Bradford, John set off on the incredible journey of CAP. His faith adventure led him to people crippled by debt; parents who couldn’t feed their children, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt.
John knew that people all over the country were struggling in the same way and he began looking to replicate the work across the UK. With the vital ingredients of a church to partner with, a passionate person to be trained as a debt counsellor and the faith that God would provide, four new CAP centres were opened at the end of 1998. Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its debt centre network and expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty too. As well as CAP Debt Help, we now help people step into employment through CAP Job Clubs, help people get control of their habitual dependencies through Fresh Start and a brand new service, CAP Life Skills, to equip people to live well on a low income. Our vision is to bring freedom and good news to the poor in every community through a nationwide network of CAP projects.”
“Poverty just loves to destroy lives. It breaks families apart, isolates people from friends and family, shatters confidence and drives many to think that suicide is the only way out. UK poverty is real, with millions locked in its miserable grip. We’re not prepared to sit back and let it wreak havoc across our nation. In a just and compassionate society, no one should be trapped in their home, afraid to open the door or answer the phone. No one should wake up wondering where they’ll find the money to feed their children or heat their home. No one should have to be alone, especially when times are tough.
That’s why CAP is on a mission. To restore hope for those who are lost and hurting. In partnership with incredible local churches across the UK, we’re bringing life-changing freedom and good news to people in desperate need.” Always through the Church. Always hope.”
Here is the link to their website if you would like to have more information – https://capuk.org/
I hope that you find this of interest and look forward to seeing many of you on the 19th. If you have any queries, then please do contact me at email@example.com