Christians Against Poverty

Kristal Kierstenson, CAP Church Partnership Manager for the Midlands and East of England, writes about CAP’s much-needed ministry in the context of the debt crisis facing many people:

‘The cost-of-living crisis is very real and is significantly impacting people in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Unemployment is rising and many families are left unable to support themselves financially. The impact of the crisis is widespread, touching our churches and our communities.

For the clients that ‘Christians Against Poverty’ (CAP) supports in the West Midlands, the average amount of debt per household is £16,014, with 24% of this being made up of priority debts such as Council Tax, gas and electricity. With the average income of a client supported by CAP, it will take 34 years to repay that debt.

But even in the midst of this crisis, there is always hope. CAP believes that people don’t have to face the challenge of debt alone. CAP exists to support churches to demonstrate God’s love in action by equipping and empowering church leaders and members. CAP supports Christians to help people become debt-free, to find employment, to gain vital life skills and to experience financial freedom through effective budgeting. All whilst bringing hope and the Good News to some of the most marginalised people in our communities.

CAP wants to see churches as the beating heart of their communities, meeting practical needs and bringing the hope of Jesus.

‘Transformed Lives. Thriving Churches. An end to UK poverty’

Whilst the effects of the cost of living crisis will be felt by everyone, every church is unique, and the needs of those in the community will be varied. If you would like to explore CAP’s services, I would very much like to hear from you to find out more about your church, and support you in finding the right ministry. Contact me on 07888 272047 or at kristalkierstenson@capuk.org.

If you know of someone struggling with debt, let them know that free support is available. To contact CAP, simply visit www.capuk.org/debthelp or call the free debt helpline on 0800 328 0006.’

 

06 April 2022

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