In London, IMB workers reach out during riots
    August 15 2011 by Trent Parker, Baptist Press

    LONDON — International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries are looking for ways to serve Londoners in the midst of widespread rioting and looting in London and across England.

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    Rioters throw bricks and bottles at the police on Clarence Road in the Hackney area of London. As violent riots spread in England, International Mission Board missionaries have sought to reach out to their neighbors with help and the gospel.

    “London is usually an incredibly safe city, but these riots bring to light the nature of sin in all humanity,” said Chris*, an IMB missionary in London. “Please pray that out of these shocking circumstances people will hear and understand the gospel.”

    Missionaries Stephen* and Barbara* helped lead a prayer vigil in north London Aug. 7 during the initial protests. Stephen, Barbara and other IMB missionaries said they hope to bless and encourage the people of their communities in the midst of shock, disbelief and fear. They are actively seeking open doors to share the gospel. And they invite believers to join them in prayer.

    Riots, arson and looting have spread from the capital to other parts of England in the days following the death of a police-shooting victim, Mark Duggan. Peaceful protests of the shooting turned violent after Duggan's death.

    Homes and businesses have been ransacked and burned in parts of London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Bristol. British authorities are taking measures to stop the unrest and are beginning to clean up streets strewn with debris from looting.

    *Last names withheld for security reasons.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Parker is a writer for the International Mission Board in Europe.)
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