Reflective Blog

 

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Welcome to the LCCT blog.

 

Members and friends of LCCT are regularly invited to write short reflective pieces on their work, mission, vocation and life in the city. These blog entries are sent out with our regular Project Development News and are recorded here for posterity.

 

Enjoy!...

Sun 1st April - Easter Sunday

‘Easter says to us that despite everything to the contrary,

his will for us will prevail;

love will prevail over hate,

justice over injustice,

peace over exploitation and bitterness.’

Desmond Tutu

31st March - Leeds Poverty Truth Commission

lptcOn 2nd February 2018, Leeds Poverty Truth Commission (LPTC) launched its Humanifesto. Its message is that poverty dehumanises. It’s not just the constant struggle to buy enough food to feed the kids, or having to walk everywhere because you can’t afford the bus fare. What really grinds people experiencing poverty down is the way others perceive you. It makes you feel sub-human.

30th March - Good Friday

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, the beginning of God become man; quickly the story moves from the angels and the shepherds to the fearful flight to Egypt. Jesus came to reveal the Father; the true nature of God in a broken world. He lived among us, doing good, challenging the hypocrites.

29th March - Abigail Housing

abigail housing logo2‘And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus.’ Philippians 4:19

 

Abigail Housing works to support refugees in Leeds, principally by providing accommodation and associated support. We have seen many of our refugee clients finding work, securing long term accommodation and making local connections in their new communities, all from the foundational support we provide. There are still concerns regarding the future of funding from central government from 2019, which is of great significance to the project’s operation.

Thurs 29th March - Cielo

14237601211812017 wasn't the year we hoped for with Cielo. Sometimes even when you are faithful to what you feel God is asking of you, things just don't work out as you expected. As many of you may know, we had to close more than half of the Cielo cafes over the summer, due to serious financial difficulties. This was a hard and very sad time for us, as well as a costly step (in every sense). It’s been difficult dealing with so much, and of course trying to care for people during the process. We do thank God for dollops of His grace through the journey. 

28th March - Shine Nail Bar

Nail Bar Leaflet‘Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.’ Proverbs 31:25

 

The Shine Nail Bar, is a nail bar with a difference! A professionally run nail bar but also offering training and apprenticeship opportunities to young people living in Leeds, as well as a weekly drop-in for young people needing advice and guidance and even children’s parties. All money paid for the wide variety of treatments (including shellac, acrylics, spray tan, waxing..) stays in the local area in terms of local employment, training and profits used to run youth work on the Beeston estate.

27th March - AJAR

AaJARsylum Justice and Release (AJAR) Leeds works for the benefit of asylum seekers who are detained or who are in fear of being detained and/or deported.

26th March - Beehive

BeehiveShow you care: justice matters

 

The Beehive in Chapel Allerton aims to promote fair trade in the Leeds area. We run a small shop staffed by volunteers selling Fairtrade foodstuffs and craft goods and also supply Fairtrade goods on a Sale or Return basis to church congregations, schools and community groups wishing to run Fairtrade stalls and events. In 2017 we sold £22,000 of Fairly Traded goods mainly sourced from the Christian company Traidcraft. We also gave donations from profits to Traidcraft Exchange to further their work of enabling poor and marginalised communities to trade their way out of poverty.

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