The greatest story ever told!

He is Risen! Hallelujah, He is risen indeed!

So I guess that’s it then? We have travelled through Lent, Holy Week and now we are in the Easter season. The events of the three days from crucifixion to resurrection which transformed our world, our lives and our understanding of what life is meant to be like, have made their mark.

This year I got to thinking about what the Easter story means in the context of Whitechapel Mission?

Well, we rely on our usual life-giving activities of warming up, “drying” off, cleaning down, feeding, clothing, listening, advocating, offering help. All of these are part of our regular life-transforming stories that see people being restored to life. And we also add in hot-cross buns and chocolate eggs; bible readings and foot washing.

Of course there are many individuals who experience something special in their own as well:

Martin asks to use the phone to ring the hospital as he has been told that their partner has died overnight. Then Martin is told that his partner is still alive. Hallelujah!

Andrew, who has lost his Freedom Pass, and calls Tfl to get a new one. The following day Andrew finds an old Freedom Pass where the chip had “died” so wouldn’t work on the scanners, and then uses this pass - only to find that it has come back to life and now works on the machines. Hallelujah!

Modric who had lost everything, found a job, somewhere to live, and was now going back home, coming to visit for the last time to say thank you for the help. Hallelujah!

Asif, who saw the power of the work of offering regular showers as a way of restoring life. Hallelujah!

Dave, who felt that the washing of feet was a sign of giving people massive respect and new life. Hallelujah!

Steven and James who, whilst listening to the accounts of the passion from the gospels on Good Friday, eagerly join in sharing the bits of the story that they know. Hallelujah!

Ian, who could see the need for his life to be transformed from addiction, and was determined to give it a go, accepting he needed the help of others as well as his own determination. Hallelujah!

Of course these were just the ones I encountered – I know there were many more.

All these people (not their real names of course) could see something of the promise of the Easter story – that life is transformed through the revelation of the truth – the truth that God loves the whole of creation, and is prepared to go to any lengths to show each one of us that love.

Here at Whitechapel, some people know that the story is for them and that they are part of the story. They also know that they are part of sharing the Easter story too.

This has made the journey to Easter and the Easter story come alive for me this year at Whitechapel Mission.

What has made the Easter story come alive for you?

What have you seen or experienced this Easter that has brought home the transformation from death to life for you?

Please let me know.

Grace and Peace  
Revd John Hayes

Please call 03000 111 400 or e-mail for further information.

Our Impact in 2018

  • Over 4,600 volunteers, offering over 27,690 hours of their time.

  • New figures reveal that 4,134 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in England in 2017, an increase of 32% on the previous year.

  • Figures reveal that 8,096 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in London in 2017, an increase of 7% on the previous year.

  • Rough sleeping in England has now increased by 169% since 2010

  • 24% of rough sleepers have been on the streets for 2 years or more.

  • 101,835 breakfasts served during this year, an average of 279 a day.

  • 5,412 different people used our services during this year.

  • 2,917 people used our advice services during the past year. 296 were women.

  • 18% of people using our services are under 26 years of age.

  • 28 people use the Whitechapel Mission's address to receive their post.

  • 36 people were helped to find employment

  • 41 were referred to drug or alcohol programmes.

  • 198 people received help in claiming benefits.

  • 32% of people using our services have been in care at some point.

  • 15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.

  • 79 people found permanent accomodation, either a flat or apartment. 258 people found a hostel during this year.

  • 12 birth certificates purchased during this year.

  • 27 people came to us without any form of ID at all.

  • 23,800 showers during this year.

  • 38% of people using our services have been in prison.

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