In 2016 we have the exciting opportunity to open a CAP Debt Centre in Bridgnorth based at Bridgnorth Baptist Church. We believe that this will provide new hope to people in our local community for whom life has been made utterly miserable by the burden of debt.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) was founded in 1996 when John Kirkby believed God was calling him to give up his career in finance and use his knowledge and experience to help the poor. In his book ‘Nevertheless’ John tells the story of how he found a way out of a desperate situation. After the breakdown of his marriage he found himself burdened with debt and unable to provide food for his children. Jesus gave him a lifeline through his local church who gave him the practical help needed to get back on his feet. He opened the first CAP Debt Centre in his home town of Bradford with just a small donation. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt. He was able to help parents who couldn’t feed their children, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope. He was also able to introduce them to Jesus who was able to offer the biggest life change of all.
John knew that people all over the country were struggling in the same way and he began looking to replicate the work across the UK. With the vital ingredients of a church to partner with, a passionate person to be trained as a debt counsellor and the faith that God would provide, four new CAP centres were opened at the end of 1998.
Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its centre network and provides the best debt help service to those with the very least. The CAP vision is to open a CAP Debt Centre and offer a CAP Money Course in every town and city in the UK, bringing freedom and good news to people in every community through 1,000 CAP projects by 2021.
The new CAP Debt Centre in Bridgnorth will be one of those projects. We already know through our work with the Bridgnorth Food Bank that there are people living in our local community who have serious problems with debt. We want to reach out to them and offer them a life line and real hope of becoming debt free. We also want to share with them the good news that Jesus died and rose again so they can begin a new life in a right relationship with God. This is a message of hope and reconciliation that is open to everyone.
If you would like to know more about the work of CAP, or if you know someone who is struggling with debt, visit the CAP website at www.capuk.org and listen to John talking about what CAP can offer. If you would like to support this project or offer your help as a volunteer, please contact Catherine in our church office and she will put you in touch with Donovan Gibbons or Janet Sharples who will be only too glad to hear from you.
Senior Church Leader
Bridgnorth Baptist Church