Posted by: Redcliffe | October 9, 2008

Gloucester City Mission celebrate 5 years

Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis (2003) wasn’t sure what he would do after completing his diploma at Redcliffe, but then a lecture in urban mission changed everything. “I heard God ask me ‘why not in Gloucester?’, and I knew I had to start a city mission on my doorstep.”

Mike piloted Gloucester City Mission in his 2nd year using his block placement to get out on the streets of Gloucester and work in homeless shelters, hospitals and with the Salvation Army. Now he’s celebrating 5 years of Gloucester City Mission – reaching out to the homeless and those on the fringes of society.

Here is an excerpt from his recent newsletter…

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF GLOUCESTER CITY MISSION!

‘This is the Lord’s doing: It is marvellous in our eyes.’ (Psalm 118 v 23 RSV)

Five years ago Gloucester City Mission (GCM) was started with many mixed emotions; anticipation, excitement, fear and a certain amount of trepidation. We had a burning in our hearts from God that this was the right thing to do. A small temporary steering group was set up to get the Mission going and Hillview Evangelical Church put in some ‘seed money’ which we anticipated would keep us going for a couple of months. We had no idea then if the local churches and Christians would support the venture; it was a real step of faith.

One man with a haversack, (me) containing a flask of coffee, doughnuts, Gospel tracts and Bibles was the start of GCM.

The ‘street people’; those with alcohol and substance misuse, mental health problems and homelessness, were very welcoming and appreciative of this new initiative. It involved sitting on pavements, befriending them, listening to their stories and most importantly sharing the Gospel of Christ and praying with them. On reflection it seemed a crazy thing to do, but, hey Noah built an Ark in the middle of a desert!

Then slowly, God started opening doors; invitations came in: to visit a Gypsy site and take Bible studies in a family’s home; to join the team of Gloucester College Chaplains.

We also work alongside the Gloucester Salvation Army feeding the hungry and delivering food hampers at Christmas.

Christians started contacting me, asking if they could get involved. We now have a team of fourteen volunteer Missioners and a more permanent team of Trustees and Management was set in place. The Team is made up of Christians from a rich variety of denominational backgrounds, united in taking Christ into the city.

GCM is now a registered charity and rent a small office in the city. The Rock, our name for the office, is used for prayer, administration and for storage.

Thank you to all of you who pray for us, support us with covenants and gifts, including toiletries for hospital visiting; and for the many letters and cards of encouragement you send us. Thank you all, the Mission would not exist without you.

Praise God for five years of Gloucester City Mission.

YOURS IN CHRIST JESUS

MIKE CURTIS AND TEAM

Want to read more? Read the newsletter in full

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Responses

  1. Fantastic news Mike- I was with you at Redcliffe before I got married and I knew then that Gloucester was where your heart was.
    It’s great to hear God’s faithfulness to you and how he has used you over the years!
    Roz Owens


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