There is fruit that remains from the Narrowgate Night Shelter...
In John chapter 15 verse 16, Jesus speaks of His desire that we should bear fruit, and that our fruit should remain.
Some weeks ago our Director Terry Durose and I started to look back and think of some of the people that Manchester City Mission has helped over the years. As we did so I suddenly realised how many of them are still in contact with us, and what's more, with many of them we have now entered into firm, ongoing friendships
Manchester City Mission's Narrowgate Night Shelter had to close in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. However, before the closure, my wife Cath and I introduced four shelter guests to our local church (The Upper Room Christian Fellowship in Altrincham) two ladies and two gentlemen, Christians from Iran who had escaped persecution. They in turn then brought friends and relatives and we were able to lead one lady to Jesus.
Six Iranians altogether and one local man for whom we were also caring through the Narrowgate Shelter, have now become permanent members of the church and I even had the great privilege and blessing of baptizing four of them.
It is wonderful to see how God has blessed these people and moved in their lives. He has brought them stability, security and peace and we rejoice in the fact that they are now no longer clients with whom we are working but rather they have become our friends and indeed our brothers and sisters in Christ. We see in their lives the aforementioned fruit that remains. To God be the glory, great things He has done!