Tony has challenged plenty of young people to fight global injustice, but none have taken on that challenge with more energy and creativity than the leaders of SPEAK UK, a fast-growing prayer and advocacy network based in London that we are very proud to support.
SPEAK is a network rather than an organization, which believes it takes all of us to recognize that we have a responsibility to those who are suffering as a result of global injustice. It views global problems as deep rooted, connected with unfair trade and debt and many other issues, and urges that giving limited financial assistance to a charity is not enough.
SPEAK exists to stir the conscience of everyone, and wants to see a mass movement across the rising generation, positioned and equipped to bring spiritual, social, economic, political and environmental transformation. It spurs the younger generation into action to motivate the church as a whole.
SPEAK is about modelling something new, sharing faith with people disillusioned by institutional models of church and Christian community. It is about reaching people who are searching spiritually.
The Latest from SPEAK UK
Hope for the Homeless in Northeast England and Other Important Ministry
Those who follow my travels may have noticed I speak in the United Kingdom—and may have wondered why. One answer to that question is that EAPE has strong commitments to ministries we have developed and supported over there. Let me give you some glimpses into what those ministries do.
First, there is Aquila Way, a ministry for the homeless in the northeast of England. Some of the women are battered; others are dealing with addictions; some are poor women with children who have no place to go. This ministry provides room and board, their own dedicated support worker, and job training, and nurtures these homeless women toward independence. For more information go to Aquila Way’s ministry page.
Secondly, there is Going Public, based in Wales. Every year, this ministry reaches thousands of teenagers, steering them away from destructive lifestyles that often involve drugs, alcohol, and sexual promiscuity. With various teams of volunteers, the staff lead assembly programs in middle schools and high schools. These programs include music, videos, skits, and special talks—all of which are relevant to these age groups. Going Public staff is routinely invited into classrooms, where they are able to share their faith. For more information visit our Affiliated Ministries page.
Thirdly, there is Signpost International, based in Dundee, Scotland. Its ministries reach into the rough neighborhoods of Dundee, touching the lives of young people with the good news of God’s love. Signpost also provides an array of services for adults who have special problems, helping the unemployed to find jobs and providing health services. For more information visit our Affiliated Ministries page.
Fourthly, there is SPEAK, based in London, with faith-based chapters in universities throughout the United Kingdom. SPEAK promotes student movements that advocate for peace and work to eliminate poverty in Third World countries. For more information go to SPEAK UK’s ministry page.
When you give to EAPE, you invest in a network of innovative and effective organizations, including these four ministries. When you
consider what we are doing in the UK, alongside what our mission workers are doing in the Third World and in cities across North America, you have to be impressed with what your prayers and financial support are making possible. Thank you for that! And please—those who work in these ministries need for you to be generous.