For the last four and a half years, we have been in partnership with Christians Against Poverty to provide a free debt counselling service to our local community. During that time, we’ve seen God answer prayers, change lives, bring freedom, restore hope. It’s never an easy road though and it usually has some fairly big bumps along the way, but for those who are able to stick with it, the freedom that comes when debt is gone is worth the difficulties.
When we first started out, we met some others who were already running a debt centre and we were inspired by one centre that was running a weekly drop-in. At the time, we didn’t feel able to offer that ourselves but at the start of this year, we decided we were ready to give it a try and opened our weekly CAP Café.
So what’s the point? Most of all, it’s a place build friendships! The Café is open to present or former CAP clients (and friends!) and to the CAP support team and it is to create a space where we can fulfil an important part of being church – we connect others to the God who loves them.
Jesus said ‘Whoever believes in me…rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ When we connect with God, not only do we form a relationship that supports and quenches our thirst, but something else happens that affects those we are then in relationship with – because streams of living water flow from within us. As a result of our relationship with God, we can connect other people we are in relationship with to the same thing that quenches our own thirst. (I will credit Kate Middleton from mindandsoulfoundation.org with that explanation!)
And this is what CAP Café brings – a place to be a community together, to share honestly with one another, to eat cake (or toast or fruit!) and enjoy friendship over a cuppa and to come to know, through those friendships, the God who provides the streams of living water!
If you would be interested in sharing the journey with someone who is struggling with debt, please get in touch with me.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with debt, call Christians Against Poverty’s freephone number 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.orgTags: CAP