Pete's Everyday Action - volunteering with One Roof Leicester

Pete has been attending Church of the Martyrs for over 40 years, having becoming a Christian through the witness of his wife.. He was initially attracted to Christianity because of its values of compassion, kindness and generosity he later came to realise his need of forgiveness and to be made whole by Jesus.

These words from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel,  Matthew have made a strong impression on Pete: Lord, When did I see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothed you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? The king replied – Truly I tell you whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me.

When the night shelter was first promoted in 2016 he felt nudged by God to volunteer, and volunteered at the Shree Jalaram Temple. Pete found this a great experience and quickly realised, in his own words,  “the guests were just folks who had had difficult times in their lives – I met a concert pianist and a man who taught chess in schools.” The following year he volunteered again, and continues to be involved with the work of One Roof.

Reflecting on his experiences, Pete commented:  “It was great being part of a team made up of people of different faiths and none, all  joining together with a common goal. It’s taught me so much about my faith: I’ve learnt the value of taking scripture seriously – they are not just nice words but give directions to us for right living. I have learnt that God gently speaks to us, nudges and encourages us. I have realised the need to look upon all through the eyes of Jesus and not make judgements or try to stereotype people. I have been surprised by my enthusiasm to be part of the night shelter and feel convicted that I made the right choice to be involved. If we respond to God’s prompting and prayerfully step out of our comfort zones then God will be with us”

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First published on: 4th November 2019

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