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Anna and Chris Hembury - Britain

We live in an area of Hull where people are known for their no-nonsense attitude and honest vul-nerability, an area suffering from high unemployment, child poverty, addiction, mental and physical health problems, prostitution and increasing racial tension. People feel a crippling lack of self-worth. But it’s an area full of buried treasure, untapped potential and dormant creativity.

We support a group who are living in a house for mission and serving our local community. We helped start a community garden where people grow and share food together. We help run Orts, a sewing collective where women from all walks of life can support each other, learn and create together. We are part of the Hull Youth for Christ (YFC) team, supporting children, young people and families.

Call 

To be with those on the edges/margins, who do not yet know their worth but who have everything to teach us about God’s love and justice; to be who God has shown us we can be in order for others to grasp who they can be; to be a co-conspirator in bringing about the kingdom of God

Role 

To listen and learn, to agitate and irritate, to discern, imagine and create; to support indi-viduals, people groups and the local church to connect with each other and God

Read more about Anna and Chris Hembury

Chris was born on Jersey. He spent 16 years working as a butcher, several years drinking and drug-taking and five years as a biker. At age 26 he became a Christian, not long after his father died. After four years of volunteering with youth and then training at Oxford Youth Works, in 1997 he started working as team leader with YFC in Hull. From 2015 we have both shared responsibility for the community development arm of Hull YFC.

Anna was born in India, into a Syrian Orthodox family. She spent her childhood at boarding schools in various parts of Europe, Africa and South East Asia. She did a degree in theology, followed by a diploma in youth ministry. In 1993 she began working for Oxford Youth Works and joined Church Mission Society. We got married in 1999, and have two teenage children, Elijah and Kavita.

We feel we get CMS and they get us. We share CMS’s passion for mission; we are grateful to work with an organisation that is about people and about Jesus; we feel freed to live out our calling because CMS trusts us enough to allow us to imagine and pioneer where we sense the Spirit.

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