We have been without a kitchen these past three weeks as the old one is removed and a brand new one is fitted. No home-cooked food, no washing machine, no dishwasher, no fridge. The builders will be gone soon, but imagine what this would be like day-in and day-out.
Each night, at a time of my choosing, I turn off the TV or put down my book. I wander upstairs from my warm sitting room to my warm bedroom and get into my warm bed. I feel safe in the knowledge that the walls of my house will protect me and deter unwanted visitors until morning. Imagine what it must be like to have none of this.
I wake in the morning and go to my bathroom, which I only share with my wife. I have a hot shower and shave with hot water. The bathroom is clean and hygienic. Imagine what it must be like to not have such a place.
I go to my wardrobe and select my outfit for the day, depending on the weather. The clothes are clean and dry. Imagine what it must be like to wear the same clothes day after day, knowing that people you encounter will judge you by your appearance and your smell.
Imagine what the world would be like if we practiced what we preach and reached out to those who are homeless and gave them some of the comforts we all enjoy.
Imagine if there was such a thing as a night shelter initiative…”
by Malcolm Bream, Everyday Wimbledon & Night Shelter Co-ordinator
To find out more about the Winter Night Shelter initiatives taking place in Everyday Church this and early next year please e-mail us or speak to your venue’s Everyday Difference leader or venue Pastor. We’re partnering with other local churches to run a Wimbledon night shelter (for those who find themselves newly homeless) in Dec/Jan and a new Kingston Night shelter (for the more chaotic and longer-term homeless) in Feb or March 2016.