Ruth Sayers, Britain

Ruth Sayers, Britain

Church worker showing Christ in the community through helping people get back into work, assisting with Bible studies, pastoral care and more.

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I seek to show Christ to those around me, to be a warming presence in an area of deprivation and disadvantage. I support unemployed people through a work club, helping people get back into work, and represent a local church at community events and meetings while also working within the church, helping with Bible studies and pastoral care.

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  • UK: community garden in Liskeard

    Festo and Grace Kanungha write that Festo has been working on preparing a community garden, including restoring some donated benches. Soil testing has now revealed that the soil is contaminated and not suitable for growing fruit or vegetables, although it is fine for trees and flowers. Raised beds were already a part of the plan […] Read more

  • UK: Plymouth food club

    Mission partner Ruth Sayers writes that Churches Together in Devonport are continuing to run a good club. The membership has grown and they are reaching more families and individuals. Please pray that the team is able to use the resources they have wisely and to assist where they can in meeting the needs of those who […] Read more

Ruth’s story

I was brought up in a Christian family and, as a teenager, attended a Baptist church which made mission a priority. I enjoyed supporting missionaries, and yet I always knew that God had a call on my life and one day it would be my turn to serve. For much of my working life I was a senior administrator at Surrey University, which was good preparation for the work I did in the Middle East giving administrative support over many years. My first placement with CMS was in Egypt where I worked with the Diocese of Egypt and the Horn of Africa. This was followed by two years spent in Bethlehem and then Jordan, working with the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt.

After nearly nine years in the Middle East, I was offered the opportunity of working in Plymouth. However, I initially knew very little about the city or the issues affecting the area. I have been on a steep learning curve, seeing lives that are devastated by unemployment and a sense of feeling forgotten. What is the gospel for these people? The churches in the area are small, there’s a shortage of clergy and churches aren’t by and large seen as having a significant role within the community. It has to start with being rooted in local areas and walking alongside some of the most disadvantaged people.

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