Living intentionally ‘on mission’
“With very little savings and still raising a large part of my own salary as a Christian worker in full time ministry it seemed unlikely that I would be able to ever have a home even with Mission Housing… but little by little, God moved in incredible ways.”
After 16 years serving overseas in Brazil, returning to the UK was incredibly daunting – especially in view of the fact that my supporting churches were all London based which meant, for me, unaffordable rent!
Doors were opening and I started to become increasingly involved with Restore Community Church in Loughton, and wanted to move there to become more fully involved in the life of the church – which seemed impossible because I lived so far away.
I sought assistance from Mission Housing to move into the area, which began an amazing journey with a testimony of the amazing faithfulness and love of God, as well as the incredible generosity and love of friends that helped to make my new home possible.
With very little savings and still raising a large part of my own salary as a Christian worker in full time ministry it seemed unlikely that I would be able to ever have a home even with Mission Housing… but little by little, God moved in incredible ways.
Over several months I was gifted some money which made a deposit viable. Friends contacted me about their house in Loughton which they felt God had told them to sell to me and Mission Housing. The location was perfect, and it even had the three bedrooms and garden I had asked for 5 years ago whilst sill in Brazil. Friends starting to offer Mission Housing investment, and we met target, including a gift given to Mission Housing to refurbish the house.
So now I am settling into this new season of my life in Loughton which is rich and fulfilling. I have been so delighted to practice hospitality with friends and neighbours, to ‘be around’ for people, and fit in with the church’s mission to live intentionally ‘on mission’. My heart is to create community locally and to see people come to know Jesus, to live simply and openly alongside people and build relationships, to do life together – even when it is inconvenient and unplanned. I’m on various teams at church, and help out in the local community centre. I plan to start a small group for Portugese speakers in my home, and work with young people at a local college.
On every level, it has been such a miracle – both financially and practically – and I have been so blessed. I call my house my ‘miracle house’ and I have seen a depth of generosity of His provision. Furniture has been given to me from different sources so suddenly I have all I need and more. God’s interest in detail is incredible – it all matches and looks lovely in my house. It has been an incredible journey and I am so grateful to Mission Housing for making it possible.