Urban missions are places where people are accepted, no matter what has happened. They are places where people are listened to, no matter how difficult their story is to hear. And they are places where people can feel loved; perhaps for the first time in a long time.
“A high proportion of them are hurting,” Rev. Rick Chapman says. Many suffer from mental illness and drug addiction, a result of residential school trauma experienced in childhood. These damaging experiences often feed addictions and bring on depression.
The June issue of Canada Lutheran provides and inside look at a handful of the many local inner-city ministries around the ELCIC. With pit stops in Surrey, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Kitchener, readers will be easily brought up to speed with some of the social justice movements across the synods.