I’ve been in the role as the Centre manager for 10 months and it’s been a very exciting journey, being invited into the homes of those who have contacted CAP at head office in Bradford (0800 328 0006) and helping them journey out of debt! Of the 16 homes I’ve visited, 2 have become debt free, 1 of which became a Christian!
There are so many stories I could share so let me talk about L&H and their 3 children. It was clear at my first visit, where I explain the process, answer any questions and address any concerns, that both L&H were very keen to receive CAP’s help. Circumstances beyond their control meant they needed help. At the second visit, we went through a Fact Finder document and got together all the paperwork I need to send to Bradford. At the third visit, I was able to present them with a budget that CAP head office had put together, which meant they were now on their journey with CAP of repaying their debt over a period of 2.5 years.
It only took 22 days to go from the first visit to presenting them with the budget, though not every situation flows as easily as this. It meant they needed to work hard and tighten their belts, indeed if they could anymore! L needed to find a job and as we prayed at each visit, L’s journey took him to finding a job in the village where he lives, which makes life so much easier for the family.
The occasional need for a Lord’s Larder food parcel was very welcome, and the last time I dropped one off, I received a text from H stating, “I just wanted to tell you, after getting the children from school, J (oldest son) helped me open the food bags and J’s words were wow Steve is awesome!” Encouraging words from a child, which took me back to my childhood where I had experienced the very same joy in a very similar situation!
Because the need is so great in the Yeovil and surrounding area, we are now booked up to visit people into January 2016! It must be so difficult for people to buck up the courage, ring CAP and then be told that they will have to wait until a few months’ time. But we try to keep in contact with them and encourage them all we can before the first visit.
Which brings me onto our current greatest 2 needs. We are about to start advertising for a paid debt coach who will be working 2 days per week, enabling the debt coaches in the Yeovil Centre to make more visits, therefore, hopefully reducing the time between someone ringing CAP and one of us making the first visit.
Secondly, when we visit homes, we need to take with us Befrienders, those who will continue the relationship and bring help where necessary, once the budget visit is complete with their debt coach. So if this is something you may be interested in and would like to know more about, please contact me on email@example.com or you can speak to me anytime.
In my recent weekly update I wrote: Just maybe there are no limits as to what God can do in Yeovil through Christians Against Poverty and the church working together. We are helping to build the Kingdom of God. We are reflecting the Kingdom of God and trying to keep the poor at the heart of who we are. I truly believe this and if you want to be more involved, please come and chat to me or you may want me to come and share at a group you belong to. Thank you for your support.