Anna and Chris and family in Hull ( CMS and Hull Youth For Christ)
We live in an area of Hull where people are known for their no-nonsense attitude and honest vul-nerability, an area suffering from high unemployment, child poverty, addiction, mental and physical health problems, prostitution and increasing racial tension. People feel a crippling lack of self-worth. But it’s an area full of buried treasure, untapped potential and dormant creativity.
We support a group who are living in a house for mission and serving our local community. We helped start a community garden where people grow and share food together. We help run Orts, a sewing collective where women from all walks of life can support each other, learn and create together. We are part of the Hull Youth for Christ (YFC) team, supporting children, young people and families.
Durban, South Africa
Ben & Kirsten head up the team for Youth With A Mission in Durban South Africa. The base has a focus on raising up young leaders and community development. They do this through training, community development projects and sharing faith. They have 3 children, Eilidh-Jane, Ethan, Caleb.
The Yanez family in Southern Spain, with CMS.
Felipe is originally from Chile, and met Sarah while living and working in a church in inner-city Birmingham in the late 90's. They married and later joined the Church Mission Society and the South American Mission Society, (which later merged with CMS), continuing to minister in Sparkhill until 2006. In 2007 they moved to Malaga, Spain, where they have supported the work of a couple of different, small Christian associations and local churches.
Felipe and Sarah are now working with two small, Christian associations that run local food-banks. Sarah is on the management team of the ABC (Asociación Benéfica Cristiana), a small charity in their town of Alhaurín de la Torre. She helps with office administration and runs the association's clothes-bank and small charity shop. Felipe is working in Malaga city centre with Centro Diez42 (the Ten42 Centre) where he is involved in their food distribution. Their boys, Sam and Aaron, both attend a local Spanish high-school, and enjoy hanging out with their neighbourhood friends and playing football at one of the town's football clubs.
Matt and Sarah Sherratt and family, in Madagascar.