We can’t do what we do without prayer. Please consider joining us to pray for the team, students and our communities. The second Thursday of the month we meet to pray at the lighthouse café in Great Gransden and in Chester prayer happens throughout the week.
Thank you for partnering with us. Everything we are called to do here at The Light Project is made possible by the support and prayer of faithful people: you can financially support us in one of the following ways
1 - Make a single donation
You can either follow https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thelightproject or send us a cheque to: The Light Project, Abbey House, Abbey Green, Chester, CH1 2JH
2 - Set up a Standing Order
Each year we rely on people supporting us to enable us to do what we do. Would you consider giving a regular donation of £25 or £15 a month to enable us to keep on being the light in the UK. Regular donations help us to plan well for the future and manage our finance more effectively: to do this, contact our finance manager Jane Kite on firstname.lastname@example.org and request the bank details. We will give you the necessary bank information and you can set up a standing order online yourself or we can send you a form to take to your bank.
3 - Shop Online
If you shop online there’s now a simple, easy and free way for you to support the Light Project. Best of all you can even save money!
We’ve teamed up with easyfundraising who provide a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores. Over 350 popular retailers are participating including AMAZON, PLAY.com, Toys’R’Us, DELL, John Lewis, Woolworths, HMV, Comet and Vodafone. And if you need house or car insurance then easyfundraising is great place to start!
All you need to do is use the links provided on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online, and at no extra cost we’ll receive up to 15% of every purchase you make – it’s that simple!
It doesn’t cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds in this way, and you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give exclusive discounts and savings when you shop using the easyfundraising site.
If you shop online ANYWAY why not help raise extra funds for us by using this completely FREE service.
Visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/thelightproject and when you register select The Light Project as the organisation you wish to support.
4 - Study with us
We are always looking for more people to join our team of students through our FdA in Theology and Evangelism. Below is an interview with Johanna who joined us 9 years ago and who now works for The Mothers Union:
Here is an interview with Johanna who joined us 9 years ago and who now works for The Mothers Union:
Johanna, you travel extensively with your work, where have you recently come back from and what were you doing?
My most recent trip was my third visit to Ethiopia, I help coordinate a literacy programme with the Anglican Church in Ethiopia. Here, 95% of the women are illiterate in their mother tongue, therefore, the women are excluded from both development and Church leadership. We work on the South Sudanese border, we have always worked with South Sudanese refugees, however, the last year has seen nearly 200,000 new refugees fleeing from the fighting, which has put a real strain on the local community.
While travelling, there are lots of practical things like writing reports, budgets, working on programme structures, personnel issues, developing strategies and asking tough questions. This part of mission is focussed on doing mission responsibly. There is also the fun side, being on the road, visiting communities, understanding the context, going out for meals and investing in relationships with colleagues and going to Churches and being part of the Global church.
What opportunities do you have in your role to share and show your faith?
Mothers’ Union is the backbone of the Anglican Communion in many places. For an organisation like Mothers’ Union, there are tendencies towards being a club. A key part of my role uses prayer and Bible Study to keep challenging Mothers’ Union to listen to the voice of God and seek his heart for their communities.
Johanna, you studied with us at the beginnings of our FdA degree when our course was called ‘Community Evangelism;’ what was the most challenging aspect of the course at the time?
I think that the most challenging thing at The Light Project was working with the homeless community. I had done a drop-in with The Light Project during missions, but this was different. I was from a nice middle class community and a sanitised life, however, now I bumped into homeless people in my regular life and they knew me, it wasn’t just a corner of life. I think the reality is that a true life of mission means that we have to allow our lives to get messy because we share it with those who God has called us to.
What life-lessons do you feel God taught you when you were with us in Chester?
Whenever, I think back to my time in Chester, I am always reminded that the call of the gospel is to lead us to the lost. It still challenges me, when my husband and I got married recently, we felt called to move to a new Church that is smaller and live in a more edgy community. Where does this challenge go next?
Straight after studying with us what did you go on to do? How did the course prepare you for this?
I went on to study a BSc in International Development Studies with French at the University of Chester, this was always my plan. I think the course encouraged me to focus on building a strong group of my non-Christian friends rather than be part of a Christian clique. How can you be the light when you never hang out with non-Christians?
What was your favourite ‘project’ that you joined when you were with us? How did this prepare you for the world of work?
In all honesty, I probably chose projects that I felt comfortable with, where I would find young people who I can identify with. I don’t regret it, I was young and inexperienced and it was probably wise. I loved the young people, inputting into their lives, talking about the issues that they weren’t willing to talk about with their parents, since then I’ve had similar experiences all over the world – I still love it.
In hindsight, I’m not sure that it was the projects that prepared me for the world of work as much as the process. As I mentioned earlier, I do a lot of practical things in my work, working for a Church contains as many behind the scenes responsibilities. I still recall some of the Child Protection training sessions. There are lots of transferable skills I learnt with the Light Project, from facilitating a Bible Study, navigating church politics, dealing with volunteers to handling potentially volatile situations.