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Introducing Christians Against Poverty
UK poverty is real, with millions locked in its miserable grip. Christians Against Poverty is committed to bringing life changing freedom and good news to people in desperate need. We do this through Debt Centres, Job Clubs, Life Skills courses and Fresh Start, all in partnership with local churches.
The people we help have often suffered multiple life traumas – the kind of unexpected events that would sink you if you were hit by just one, never mind three, four or five. Family illness, bereavement, relationship breakdown and poor mental health are some of the causes that then trigger an unstoppable spiral into debt and poverty.
At the lowest point, I was kissing my seven year old daughter, Kerry, goodnight as she lay on a bin bag full of clothes with a coat for a blanket. She’d lost her mum, her nan and her house. I was desperately trying to comfort her by saying everything would be alright; she trusted me. The only problem was I didn’t have a clue how I was going to keep my promise.
My wife and I both had jobs – my mum would look after Kerry and Dylan, so we could both go out to work. Then Mum died of cancer. We juggled jobs and childcare by working different hours.
We started to see less and less of each other, and one day my wife left to be with another man. It was impossible to afford childcare so I had to give up my job of 20 years. We ended up being evicted and rehoused, but it was just an empty shell – no fridge, no cooker, no carpet, no beds, no heating – nothing. That’s when we were sleeping on bin bags.
I used to hide in the kitchen with the kids to avoid debt collectors. One time, we didn’t manage to hide in time and they pushed their way into the house. When my children saw them in our front room, my heart sank.
When hope walked in
I found out about CAP through my social worker. Calling their helpline was the best thing I’ve ever done – I knew I could trust them, there’s just something about them. Maggie, my Debt Coach, was like an angel. I went through bankruptcy and Maggie came with me to court. When they heard CAP was involved, the atmosphere in the room changed; there were no problems at all. Having CAP on your side is a powerful thing.
Now I’m debt free, there are no more phone calls, no more letters, no more debt collectors. We climb into safe, warm beds at night, there’s carpet and we have a kitchen. It’s like a miracle.
I knew God was there but I just lost my way until the power of CAP brought me back to Christ. For me, CAP stands for ‘Christ Answers Prayers.’
Bring hope with your support
For Chris, hope first walked in when he called CAP. He knew things were going to change at last. Your £5 a month Life Changer gift would ensure CAP can continue to take calls from desperate people every day. Your gift will prove to others like Chris that, no matter how horrendous the situation, there’s always hope.
To become a £5 a month Life Changer, please call us on 01274 760830, visit us at capuk.org/premier or text CAP to 84433. Texts are charged at your standard network rate.
Who are Christians Against Poverty?
With a small donation and big faith, John Kirkby started CAP in 1996. Initially working from his own home, he found immense need on his doorstep in Bradford. Now partnering with hundreds of churches to deliver 600 debt centres and group services, 300 staff at the Bradford head office and more than 1,000 frontline workers, CAP is bringing relief and good news to the poor and needy. Since it began, the work of CAP has reached over 63,641 households in the UK alone. Each year, thousands are released from poverty and over 1,000 make a commitment to Christ! Find out more at capuk.org