The places in greatest need of transforming power of Jesus are often the places where the church is in decline.
We send and support teams of urban missionaries in these places – to live sacrificially, share the gospel and build authentic community. Our teams stretch across the whole of the UK, supporting their partner churches in youth ministry, community projects, gospel outreach and discipleship, all while living within the community.
‘This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited’Ezekiel 36:35
Eden teams bring transformation to their communities – from the inside out
Eden volunteers make their homes in poor neighbourhoods, sharing their lives and the gospel. Aspiration and achievement grow as young people are mentored and become disciples of Jesus. The atmosphere changes, leaders are raised, and communities are changed for good.
Stories from the teams
‘The Lincoln Estate has been home for over eight years. I’m part of All Hallows church and together with our Eden team we are enabling young people to value themselves and others, raise hope for a better future and transform their community. We’re journeying with young people and their families and along the way we are discovering more of who Jesus is and who he has called us to be. It’s an adventure, it’s messy and it usually involves hot chocolate.’
– Alex, Eden Bow Team Leader
‘Along with our partner church, we ran a holiday club in the summer. Around 40 children attended, many who normally wouldn’t engage with church. We provide freshly cooked meals free of charge and the kids had lots of fun. The feedback from families was so positive and many came along to church, despite belonging to different faiths. It was a great time of building relationships within the community.’
– James, Eden Falinge Team Leader
‘I recently saw a guy who I knew’d been struggling and he was in tears. He opened up and told me how his benefits had been sanctioned. He had food but no electricity. As he shared his pain I decided to use £20 from our practical need fund to top up his electricity key. He was overwhelmed by this gesture and beamed with hope! He gave me the biggest hug and I shared with him how God loved him and wanted to bless him.’
– Navi, Eden Whitmore Reans Team Leader
Join Eden now and play your part in transforming communities with the love of Jesus
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