GIVING THIS CHRISTMAS

We were blown away by the generosity of people thinking of us. We were now able to celebrate with presents [for each one of our children], when we didn’t think we would be able to.
— Derby parent

This is one of many comments received from families who received Christmas presents to give to their own children during 2016. Every year, Derby City Mission reaches out to underprivileged families working in partnership with a number of churches in Derby, ASDA and the Intu Centre, through donations of new toys for boys and girls aged between 0-17.

Last year, 1,000 children benefited from the generosity of Derby churches and the public.

Christmas Connection operates between 28th November and 18th December.

If you’d like to donate a present, please donate in the collection box outside Debenhams in the Intu Centre or in the collection trolley at ASDA Sinfin or contact Christmas@derbycitymission.org.uk

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MY STORY: WALKING WITH JESUS

Paul Munro joined Derby City Mission in September as Missionary for Housing & Homelessness. He tells us of his own experiences that prepared the way to answer God’s calling on his life.

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Back in the summer of 1999 I found myself homeless on the streets of Waterloo. I slept on the steps of a local church and spent my days wandering around London looking for food drops and begging for money.

After an unfortunate attack by a dog, I remember someone telling me about London City Mission where I could get a shower, some food and maybe some new clothes. Before food was served to us, someone brought a message from the Bible and I remember being challenged about a previous commitment I had made to Jesus.

I’ve always had a religious upbringing but never understood what a relationship with Jesus was until I was on my knees through crime and addiction. It was Jesus who picked me up. Back on the streets, I came in touch with more Christians, who were giving out sandwiches, tea and coffee to the homeless. I managed to re-engage with my faith and return to the West Midlands, where I found a church and began the road to recovery.

I began helping out with soup runs and outreaches and found myself working in homeless hostels. As I had been caught up in addiction and alcoholism, my heart is to help others off the street and out of addiction.

Today, 18 years later I am employed by Derby City Mission as Missionary for Housing & Homelessness and leading my first Derby Churches Nightshelter which started on the 1st December.

Please pray for our Nightshelter guests, many of whom are active alcoholics and addicts, that God will provide a way for them to get clean. I hope you will join me in lifting our prayers to Jesus

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“I can do all this through him who gives me strength”
— Philippians 4 v13 NIV

PREVENTION IS THE CURE

In recent months, Phil Morton, Head of Relief of Poverty, has been on a fact finding mission, meeting with every head of housing in each of the 12 local authority areas in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

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Phil has been helping key leaders to identify local area issues with a view to sharing Derby City Mission’s best practice initiatives. The main focus has been on preventing, rather than reacting to homelessness.

During my investigations, it became clear that the main area of concern for many leaders is still
Derby City and I am encouraged by the momentum gathering for our pilot mentoring scheme to
be launched in the New Year. However there are some areas in need of a helping hand including
Chesterfield and Ilkeston.

Armed with spiritual fruits of faithfulness, patience and modesty, Phil has been spending time with projects in these areas to look at what they’re currently doing and what more could be done to help the most vulnerable in our society. Phil’s gift is definitely in his ability to network, build relationships and improve communication between local authorities and church groups.

Building on the relationships Phil has established over the past few months, he has been invited to assist in exploring the possibility of 2 nightshelters to cover the winter period; one in Mansfield and one in Burton. Similarly, working in partnership with Lighthouse Homes, Phil has helped to establish a new 35 bed hostel in Chesterfield.

There are some areas in which I still need to establish key contacts, but there is receptiveness to
our presence and our desire to support and improve what already exists.

Let’s pray for this favour to continue as Phil works in partnership across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire to further prevent homelessness.

Photo credit: Tim Gossling - Derby Church Net

PRIVILEGED TO BE IN PARTNERSHIP -THANk YOU!

At Derby City Mission there’s not a day that goes by without the team thanking God for all that He has provided this year as we serve our city.

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From funding and new team members to transformations in our guests’ and clients’ situations, which, without the hand of God, would seem totally hopeless. On a ‘super’ Saturday in November, the Mission was yet again blessed by a Christmas bazaar and coffee morning at St Stephen’s Church in Sinfin. “It’s the best we’ve ever done!” commented Joyce Sadler, when £411 was raised through their selfless act of serving tea and toast, selling cakes and crumbles and inviting donations for plants and presents.

Only 4 miles away at an Alternative Christmas Gift Market, hosted by Littleover Methodist Church, £610 (plus gift aid!) was raised by individuals wanting to help many in need at Christmas time. This £1,000 plus, was vital funding for Derby Churches Nightshelter only weeks before the doors opened.

From £10 to £1,000, Derby City Mission is immensely privileged and proud to be working in partnership with individuals, churches and businesses who share a common goal of demonstrating God’s love and bringing hope to many in our city and beyond. From coffee mornings, sponsored cycle rides and sleep out’s, to donations from business sales, the use of free meeting rooms and decorating offices - thank you to everyone who fundraises and supports the work of Derby City Mission.

Cheque presented by Debbie Jones, ASDA Community Champion to CEO Julio Abraham & Nightshelter Manager Paul Munro

Cheque presented by Debbie Jones, ASDA Community Champion to CEO Julio Abraham & Nightshelter Manager Paul Munro

If you have an idea you’d like to share or know of a business that would like to partner with us, please contact felicity@derbycitymission.org.uk or go to the ‘Join In’ page

 

PARTNER POWER IN ACTION

I’ve always wanted to do what I can for charity, that’s why this year, 10p from ever plate sold of our speciality dish, will be donated to Derby City Mission.
— Campbell Salloway, owner of Seven Restaurant, Pride Park. Campbell also provides a free monthly meeting place with tea and coffee for the DCM team.
Santander employees on a ‘Discovery Day ’ -  painting Derby City Mission's outside walls , prayer room and CEO office - thanks team!

Santander employees on a ‘Discovery Day ’ -  painting Derby City Mission's outside walls , prayer room and CEO office - thanks team!

It’s so sad when I see someone sleeping in the doorway on my way to work in the morning. Derby City Mission puts effort Into people who need it.
— Stephen Rouse, Manager of The Art House, Friar Gate and the venue for DCM’s night time dry bar YADA .
Co - op Travel - Intu Derby  raised £540 with a sponsored 'in store'  bike ride

Co - op Travel - Intu Derby  raised £540 with a sponsored 'in store'  bike ride