Mission Sunday October 2022
Updated: Oct 21
by Sarah Luckwell - inHope
In October we will be joining you for Mission Sunday. A Christian charity based in Bristol, inHope is supported by hundreds of churches across the West Country. Since the 1980s, we have worked with local churches, volunteers, and businesses to see our collective vision of communities where everybody can reach their God-given potential, free from injustice and insecurity.
Over the decades we have helped countless numbers of people overcome the insecurities of homelessness, hunger, addiction, and poor mental health, which are often caused by the injustices of insufficient housing, limited access to food, poor employment, discrimination, and abuse.
One of the most important areas of help we offer is personal support - enabling people to feel heard, to be accepted, and to receive the appropriate help they need to move on from their immediate crisis situation.
When people are on housing waiting lists or receiving various benefits, they can feel like just a number, but one of our values at inHope is promoting respect. This means that we see everybody as an individual who has equal value, who is made in God’s image, and who cannot be reduced to numbers or outcomes.
As Life Recovery Deputy Manager, Ant, says, ‘We humanise people. We don’t give people labels.’
“Thank you for your help. I didn't know where to start.” – Wild Goose client who was helped to fill in their benefit form.
“You’re so calm. It helps me. I wish I could be more like that.” – A woman at Spring of Hope who suffers with anxiety.
“I’m now in full time employment, in a job I love… (inHope is) such a great organisation. They really helped me get the foundations built for the happier and healthier life I have now.” – Previous Life Course participant.
V – a heavily pregnant Foodbank client who had been refused Universal Credit on two occasions. The support worker was able to communicate with the client in her first language, and pass on the correct information, in conjunction with Citizens Advice. The client was able to reclaim Universal Credit successfully. Once the client gave birth, the support worker registered the birth and obtained baby clothes.
We rely on volunteers, prayer warriors, donors, and people to spread the word about our work. Could God be asking you to serve in any of these ways?
You can find out more about us and the various ways you can be involved on our website: www.inhope.uk