Trina - recent shared owner
“My home has changed something deep for me - every time I step into it, I know I am stepping into a miracle and I feel so loved by God and by friends, by people that have invested in my home. I haven’t been given what is ‘good enough’ but what is the absolute best for me.”
I served in Brazil for 16 years working in the favelas with children and teenagers. Coming back to the UK and not having a home near my church with whom I was working was so so hard. It seemed like I would need to return to the North of England and leave London area if I was to be able to survive.
Having a home with Mission Housing’s help has changed things completely for me. I am now able not just to have a place of peace and rest for myself but a place to draw others into, a safe place. I long to see real community established where I live, a group where people can step out of isolation and loneliness and walk with others.
People in the UK seem so disconnected from each other and there are so many mental health issues that I really believe would be so very different if people knew they had friends that were there for them. My home is proving to be a gathering point for many activities I lead but also for people in the local community who I encourage to pop in or meet up for coffee from time to time. One lady I meet has even started to pray although she tells me she won’t go to church. Let’s see! I have also been able to share my home with a young woman who was in need of accommodation and a ‘quiet’ place. In 2020 I hope to foster and to be able to give a teenager a home.
I am on the leadership team of Restore Community Church and head up both Missions and Welcoming as well as having responsibility in the team looking after small groups. My own small group meets in my home and has trebled in just 7 months. Everyone jokes that I now need a larger house to fit everyone in. It has been so good to see people come back to Jesus through this group and to have a community that really does support one another. I am a cluster group leader and responsible for 7 other small group leaders. We meet regularly to fellowship, chat and pray for those in our care - often in my home. When i am not doing that, I mentor teenagers for Spark in Loughton and get alongside people pastorally, visiting.
My home has changed something deep for me too - every time I step into it, I know I am stepping into a miracle and I feel so loved by God and by friends, by people that have invested in my home. I haven’t been given what is ‘good enough’ but what is the absolute best for me - to come from overseas to the UK with nothing and now to feel as if I have everything is incredible. God has been so good to me and it wouldn’t have worked without Mission Housing and the team. I am so very grateful,