Each and every day our Eden teams are getting to share the gospel with their neighbours in word and deed. Whilst the way they’re doing this may be different from before, lives are being impacted and transformed as people discover the love and hope of Jesus.
In London, Covid has seen our Eden Gurnell Grove team reaching out to their neighbours in new and innovative ways. From making kids activity packs and dropping off lunch boxes to providing shopping for those who are vulnerable and shielding, they’ve used every chance possible to build relationships with the community. As well as the day-to-day support they’ve run activities online for local residents including weekly sing-a-longs and monthly bingo clubs!
Through this they’ve been able to get to know many people they’ve not connected with before. One of these people is Graham* – a resident that the Eden team got to know over the summer whilst dropping off food parcels. Graham is elderly and wheelchair bound so had been struggling to cope due to his lack of mobility. As the team helped him get a mobile phone and clear rubbish one of the team, Micah, got chatting to him and had the chance to have many conversations about God and Christianity. And Graham continues to want to know more about the love and hope of Jesus.
Arnav* is another resident the team have been able to support during this time. Living alone and struggling with his mental our team were sometimes the only people Arnav would get to see and speak to all week! Over the weeks they got to know him more and befriended him. They now regularly visit Arnav, helping him with repairs around his house whenever they can. But as well as practical support they’ve been able to share Jesus’ love with him too. Word and deed going hand-in-hand.
With Christmas just around the corner Eden Gurnell Grove are going to be using every opportunity possible to share the gospel and have a jam-packed schedule full of carols by candlelight, donkey rides for children, and Christmas services. Please do pray for the team as they continue to find creative and meaningful ways to build relationships within the local community and share the Gospel. Pray too that many lives across their community will be impacted.
Do you live in London and want to get involved with the Eden Gurnell Grove Christmas activities? Visit facebook.com/thegrove.community for more information.