David and Maura Baldwin returned to Reading in 2007 having served with SIM in East Africa. It wasn’t long before they realised that in their neighbouring streets you could find over 150 different languages spoken.
Today I got off the train in Reading and walked home along the Oxford Road. As I left the station I walked past a Nepali man in his electric wheelchair, followed at an appropriate distance by his wife. Passing through the taxi rank I scanned the long line of taxi drivers, dozens of east Asian and west African drivers. Onto the Oxford road I counted six or seven Polish Deil’s, a Jamaican food-store, a Turkish grocery shop, several Halal meat outlets, a Portuguese café, and for most of my thirty minute walk I hardly heard English spoken at all. One of the most attractive things about living in Reading, for us, is the hugely multicultural community we are part of.
How can two:nineteen help you?
Many churches are finding themselves in growing multicultural communities. Members may have a burden to reach out to those around them but don’t know where to start.
two:nineteen are happy to talk with individuals, pastors and leadership teams who would like to investigate opportunities to reach out to the communities around them. They provide workshops and training to help those wishing to minister cross culturally breaking down barriers to sharing the gospel.
two:nineteen has also pioneered a successful model for running an English language school within churches. For more information please click here.
That the Lord will use his people in the UK to reach the nations as he commanded in the great commission.
For those trying to minister cross-culturally in the UK, please pray that the Lord would break down language and cultural barriers to allow those seeking to hear.
For the two:nineteen team as they seek to equip individuals and churches around the UK, please pray that the Lord will bless their ministry.