In this blog series we highlight the five partner agencies that form our Mission Profile at Gilnahirk Baptist. As a church that moves OUT we want to provide practical ways for us to live out our faith and bring the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
The first agency in our spotlight series is Christians Against Poverty.
Christians Against Poverty is church based organization offering free help to those who are weighed down by debt and who don’t know where to turn for help. They offer hope to those who think their situation is impossible through the work of trained debt counsellors. The work of CAP falls into four different areas:
CAP Debt Centre
Trained counsellors offer free help and advice to clients in debt to find real solutions to their financial problems.
Trained Money coaches offer a short course that will help clients budget better and use a cash-based system to save and have money to spend on the things they planned for.
CAP Job Clubs
Trained coaches offer those who are seeking work, practical advice and support in gaining the tools needed to find work.
CAP Release Group
These groups provide a safe and confidential place for those seeking freedom from life controlling habits, like smoking, gambling, and alcohol or drug addiction.
Gilnahirk Baptist Church is one of a number of churches in East Belfast who are affiliated with the Belfast Central Debt Centre at Willowfield Parish Church. We are excited at the prospect of showing God’s love to people in our area who struggle with debt or need help in organizing their finances. We want to show genuine love and concern for those with financial difficulties in our community and offer practical support to help them through.
You can help by keeping informed of the needs that are being met in East Belfast by receiving our monthly prayer letter and praying for the situations highlighted.
We’d love to increase the number of people in the church who would be willing to train as CAP Money coaches and help deliver the CAP Money Course.
All of the work carried out by CAP in East Belfast is done on a voluntary basis and there are a number of fulltime staff whose salaries depend on the financial contributions from our churches. Could you help by giving to this worthwhile cause?
Cyril Campbell, Mission Profile Coordinator for CAP