London is the most multicultural city in the world. It is a city of immigrants and refugees, a city with the world at its door.
Poverty in the East End of London is notorious, dating back to the days of Charles Dickens. For centuries East London has been a landing place for new immigrants, for people on the margins, for people trying to get on their feet. This has not been without tension. Tower Hamlets has some of the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, with 9 of the 16 most deprived neighborhoods in the UK being located in the borough, all having child poverty rates of above 50% - (‘End Child Poverty’ 2014).
The InnerCHANGE London team was launched in 2007 by two families who relocated to the Borough of Tower Hamlets. Since then the team has grown and is now spread across 2 locations in East London, living & serving amongst a predominantly Bangladeshi-Muslim community.
The team in London makes disciples of Jesus using prayer, Discovery Bible Studies & Community Meals as tools to reach those who are on the margins of society, and unlikely to attend local church activities.
The team's activities include:
• Facilitating Bible studies at a local homeless night shelter, with guests from around the globe
• Teaching English language classes
• Being good neighbors — investing relationally in both the lives of our neighbors and the development of the local community
• Reaching out to families — particularly those who are suffering and in crisis
• Advocacy on behalf of those who need help raising their voice
• Empowering the local church and its members to become actively involved in the lives of the needy — assisting the local church in understanding the needs of the local context; helping local Christians see the neighborhood as a mission ground