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Today there are people in our city whose lives are being devastated as a result of debt – often leaving them struggling to feed their families, feeling suicidal, depressed and alone.
This year our CAP (Christians Against Poverty) team have seen all of the above. We currently have over 50 clients who we are helping on their journey out of debt, and this year we have shared the joy of becoming debt-free with 7 of our clients. We have a great opportunity to show God’s love, invite them to Alpha, special services, or clubs and meetings run at church.
We have also run 6 CAP Money courses this year for students and adults – these teach basic budgeting and money management skills that enable people to budget, spend and save better. They have also been fun!
I would like to thank everyone at Holland Road Baptist Church for being such a generous church. Our clients loved the hampers the church provided last year, and they were so touched by the Easter eggs given. The food donated in our CAP box (at the connections point) has literally been a life saver as so many of our clients have desperately needed emergency food. Thank you for all your gifts of money to the B.L.T Trust that allow us to buy bus tickets, fresh food, send out birthday cards, and many other things that show God’s love to our clients.
Also thanks to everyone who volunteers to come out with us on visits, help with our Drop In sessions on Thursdays, hand out leaflets, make up hampers, and many other things that help Brighton and Hove CAP Centre reach those in need.
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CAP – Christians Against Poverty – currently have a stronger presence and support than ever within Holland Road Baptist Church. Running courses to help with financial difficulties, and providing practical and emotional support to clients, the team is reaching more and more people across Brighton & Hove. We were able to hand out over 60 hampers for Christmas, and hopefully by the time you come to read this we have been able to give our clients and their families Easter eggs along with an invitation to our services. Clients are really moved by these acts of kindness, and the Cap money team have already run one course this year which was well attended. Three attendees took up the invitation to attend Alpha, and one made a commitment to follow Jesus. A special student course is planned for June 25th, so if you are off to University this is for you!
Also in June the team have been invited to run a course at the Whitehawk Inn, so we are now reaching other parts of our city. Through our St Peter’s sponsored debt coach, Becky, we have been involved with St Cuthman’s in Whitehawk. On Wednesday mornings they run a drop in where people can come in and hear about CAP, and from the middle of March they will also run a Trussell Trust food bank.
Thank you for all your support and prayers, please contact any of us if you would like to be involved. We mainly need people on Tuesdays and Thursdays but there are other ways and times you can help. Visit www.capuk.org or www.hrbc.org.uk/cap for more information.
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CAP does wonderful work in our city helping those with debt problems. Every client and their situation is unique, and yet God knows them and their situation. It is wonderful to be invited in to their homes and hear their stories.
This year through the generosity of Holland Road, St. Peter’s and St. Cuthman’s we will deliver over 50 hampers to our CAP clients. It is an opportunity to pass on the real message of Christmas, when we received the greatest gift of all.
The work of CAP changes lives – this is a fantastic video telling the story of how CAP, and their experience of receiving a Christmas hamper made a huge difference:
Please continue to pray for the work of CAP, and for all our clients and their families.
If you wish to be involved please contact us via the Brighton Light Trust website, or find out more on the CAP website
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